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Kabbalat Shabbat

A Pluralistic Friday Evening Service by Wendie Sittenfield

Opening Songs

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Esa Einai אשא עיני

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I lift my eyes to the hills in search of my help. My help comes from Adonai, creator of heaven and earth.

אֶשָׂא עֵינַי אֵל הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבוֹא
עֶזְרִי. עֶזְרי מֵעִם יי עוֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.

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Shabbat Candle Lighting

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Shabbat Candle Lighting הדלקת נרות שבת

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Light both candles. Traditionally, one covers the eyes while reciting the following blessing:

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who hallows us with Your commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the Sabbath light.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם,
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו,
וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת.

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Kabbalat Shabbat

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Shalom Aleichem שלום עליכם

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Peace be to you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High, the supreme Sovereign, the Holy and Blessed One.
May you come in peace, messengers of the Most High, the supreme Sovereign, the Holy and Blessed One.
Bless me with peace, messengers of the Most High, the supreme Sovereign, the Holy and Blessed One.
May your departure be in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, the supreme Sovereign, the Holy and Blessed One.

שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם, מַלְאֲכֵי הַשָּׁרֵת, מַלְאֲכֵי עֶלְיוֹן, מִמֶּלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא:
בּוֹאֲכֶם לְשָׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי הַשָּׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי עֶלְיוֹן, מִמֶּלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא:
בָּרְכֽוּנִי לְשָׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי הַשָּׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי עֶלְיוֹן, מִמֶּלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא:
צֵאתְכֶם לְשָׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי הַשָּׁלוֹם, מַלְאֲכֵי עֶלְיוֹן, מִמֶּלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא:

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Lechu Neran'nah Psalm 95 לכו נרננה

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Come, let us sing to Adonai: let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us greet our God with thanksgiving: let us sing songs of praise for our God.
For Adonai is a great God, and a great Sovereign over all of creation. God fashioned everything from the lowest valleys to the highest mountain peaks, from the ocean to the dry land.
(Reader) O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Adonai our Maker. For Adonai is our God and our Shepherd, and we are God’s people and flock.

לְכוּ נְרַנְּנָה לַייָ, נָרִיעָה לְצוּר יִשְׁעֵנוּ. נְקַדְּמָה פָנָיו בְּתוֹדָה, בִּזְמִרוֹת נָרִיעַ לוֹ.
כִּי אֵל גָּדוֹל יְיָ, וּמֶֽלֶךְ גָּדוֹל עַל כָּל אֱלֹהִים. אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדוֹ מֶחְקְרֵי אָֽרֶץ, וְתוֹעֲפוֹת הָרִים לוֹ. אֲשֶׁר לוֹ הַיָּם וְהוּא עָשָׂהוּ, וְיַבֶּשֶׁת יָָדיו יָצָרוּ.
(Reader) בֹּֽאוּ נִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה וְנִכְרָעָה, נִבְרְכָה לִפְנֵי יְיָ עֹשֵׂנוּ. כִּי הוּא אֱלֹהֵינוּ וַאֲנַחְנוּ עַם מַרְעִיתוֹ וְצֹאן יָדוֹ

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Lecha Dodi לכה דודי

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Come, my beloved, with a chorus of praise,
Welcome the Sabbath Bride, the Queen of the days.

“Keep and Remember”!—said in one single utterance
Adonai the One, made us hear:
One is the name of God, One is Adonai!
Reflected in fame, in glory, and in praise!

To welcome the Sabbath, we joyously hurry;
It is forever a fountain of blessing—
In God’s primordial planning, it came last of all days,
But even then was the crown of creation.

O holy sanctuary and royal city
arise from your desolate years!
Too long have you dwelled in the valley of tears,
Now God’s tenderness will rain down upon you.

Shake off the dust, O Israel! Arise!
Dress up in your finest clothes, My people,
for through Jesse of Bethlehem
you will draw nearer to Me and be redeemed.

Awake! Awake! The new light is shining!
With that radiance, the world will glow;
Sing! For darkness is hidden by joyful praise—

May your oppressors be challenged
and your enemies defeated;
God will exalt and rejoice in you,
Joyful as a bridegroom celebrating with his bride.

Stretch out thy borders to the left and to the right;
Give honor to Adonai in Whom we delight—
The Messiah is coming to gladden our sight,
And we shall rejoice in pleasant fulfillment.

לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה, פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה.

שָׁמוֹר וְזָכוֹר בְּדִבּוּר אֶחָד, הִשְמִיעָנוּ
אֵל הַמְּיֻחָד, יְיָ אֶחָד וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד,
לְשֵׁם וּלְתִפְאֶֽרֶת וְלִתְהִלָּה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

לִקְרַאת שַׁבָּת לְכוּ וְנֵלְכָה,
כִּי הִיא מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה,
מֵרֹאשׁ מִקֶּֽדֶם נְסוּכָה,
סוֹף מַעֲשֶׂה בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה תְּחִלָּה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

מִקְדַּשׁ מֶלֶךְ עִיר מְלוּכָה,
קֽוּמִי צְאִי מִתּוֹךְ הַהֲפֵכָה,
רַב לָךְ שֶׁבֶת בְּעֵֽמֶק הַבָּכָא,
וְהוּא יַחֲמוֹל עָלַיִךְ חֶמְלָה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

הִתְנַעֲרִי מֵעָפָר קֽוּמִי, לִבְשִׁי בִּגְדֵי תִפְאַרְתֵּךְ עַמִּי, עַל יַד בֶּן יִשַׁי בֵּית הַלַּחְמִי, קָרְבָה אֶל נַפְשִׁי גְאָלָהּ.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

הִתְעוֹרְרִי הִתְעוֹרְרִי, כִּי בָא אוֹרֵךְ קֽוּמִי אֽוֹרִי, עֽוּרִי עֽוּרִי שִׁיר דַּבֵּרִי, כְּבוֹד יְיָ עָלַיִךְ נִגְלָה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

וְהָיוּ לִמְשִׁסָּה שֹׁאסָיִךְ, וְרָחֲקוּ כָּל מְבַלְּעָיִךְ, יָשִׂישׂ עָלַיִךְ אֱלֹהָיִךְ, כִּמְשׂוֹשׂ חָתָן עַל כַּלָּה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

יָמִין וּשְׂמֹאל תִּפְרֽוֹצִי, וְאֶת יְיָ תַּעֲרִיצִי, עַל יַד אִישׁ בֶּן פַּרְצִי, וְנִשְׂמְחָה וְנָגִילָה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

In some communities the congregation rises and faces the doorway in order to greet the Sabbath Bride. In addition, we bow and then turn back to the front of the room, to acknowledge her entrance.

Enter in peace, O crown of your husband. Enter in gladness, enter in joy. Come to the people that keeps its faith. Enter, O bride! Enter, O bride!

בּֽוֹאִי בְשָׁלוֹם עֲטֶרֶת בַּעְלָהּ, גַּם בְּשִׂמְחָה וּבְצָהֳלָה, תּוֹךְ אֱמוּנֵי עַם סְגֻלָּה, בּֽוֹאִי כַלָּה, בּֽוֹאִי כַלָּה.
לְכָה דוֹדִי...

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Chatzi Kaddish חצי קדיש

Rise for the Hatzi Kaddish and remain standing for Bar’chu.

Reader:

Magnified and sanctified is God’s great name in the world created according to divine will. May God’s majesty reign during your lifetime and throughout your days, and during the life of all the house of Israel, speedily and soon, and let us say, Amen.

יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא. בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵיהּ, וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵיהּ בְּחַיֵּיכוֹן וּבְיוֹמֵיכוֹן וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

All:

Let God’s great name be blessed forever and for all eternity.

May the name of the Holy One be blessed, praised and glorified, exalted, extolled and honored, magnified and lauded: yet, we remember that God exists well beyond any the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that we say here on earth; and let us say, Amen.

יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא.

יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרוֹמַם וְיִתְנַשֵּׂא וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, בִּרְכָתָא וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא, דַּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

Sh'ma and Its Blessings

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Barchu ברכו

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Reader:

The reader faces the ark and bows while saying the first line “Bar’chu et Adonai hamvorach”.

Praise be the One to whom our praise is due.

בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְיָ הַמְבֹרָךְ.

The congregation bows and says “Baruch Adonai .....”
Then the Reader bows and repeats the same line.

Praise be the One to whom our praise is due now and forever!

בָּרוּךְ יְיָ הַמְּבֹרָךְ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.

Please be seated

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Ma'ariv Aravim מעריב ערבים

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Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe whose word brings on the evening twilight. With wisdom You open the gates of the heavens, and with understanding make the ages pass and the seasons cycle. You arrange the stars across the sky, according to Your will. You create day and night; You roll away the light from before the darkness, and the darkness from before the light; You make the day pass and bring on the night, separating day from night. (Reader) You are a living and enduring God, may You reign over us for ever and ever. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, who brings on the evening twilight.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֶלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר בִּדְבָרוֹ מַעֲרִיב עֲרָבִים, בְּחָכְמָה פּוֹתֵחַ שְׁעָרִים, וּבִתְבוּנָה מְשַׁנֶּה עִתִּים, וּמַחֲלִיף אֶת הַזְּמַנִּים, וּמְסַדֵּר אֶת הַכּוֹכָבִים בְּמִשְׁמְרוֹתֵיהֶם בָּרָקִיעַ כִּרְצוֹנוֹ. בּוֹרֵא יוֹם וָלָיְלָה, גּוֹלֵל אוֹר מִפְּנֵי חשֶׁךְ, וְחשֶׁךְ מִפְּנֵי אוֹר. וּמַעֲבִיר יוֹם וּמֵֽבִיא לָיְלָה, וּמַבְדִּיל בֵּין יוֹם וּבֵין לָיְלָה, יְיָ צְבָאוֹת שְׁמוֹ.(Reader) אֵל חַי וְקַיָּם, תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הַמַּעֲרִיב עֲרָבִים.

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Ahavat Olam אהבת עולם

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You have loved Your people Israel with everlasting love; Torah and mitzvot You have taught us. Therefore, O Adonai our God, when we lie down and when we rise up we will meditate on Your commandments. We will rejoice in the words of Your Torah and mitzvot forever; for they are our life and the sustenance of our days; we will meditate on them day and night. (Reader) And may You never deprive us of Your love. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, who loves Your people Israel.

אַהֲבַת עוֹלָם בֵּית יִשְׁרָאֵל עַמְּךָ אָהָֽבְתָּ, תּוֹרָה וּמִצְוֹת, חֻקִּים וּמִשְׁפָּטִים אוֹתָֽנוּ לִמַּֽדְתָּ. עַל כֵּן יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ, בְּשָׁכְבֵֽנוּ וּבְקוּמֵֽנוּ נָשִֽׂיחַ בְּחֻקֶּֽיךָ, וְנִשְׂמַח בְּדִבְרֵי תוֹרָתֶֽךָ וּבְמִצְוֹתֶֽיךָ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד. כִּי הֵם חַיֵּֽינוּ וְאֹֽרֶךְ יָמֵֽינוּ, וּבָהֶם נֶהְגֶּה יוֹמָם וָלָֽיְלָה,(Reader) וְאַהֲבָתְךָ אַל תָּסִיר מִמֶּֽנּוּ לְעוֹלָמִים. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אוֹהֵב עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

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Sh'ma שמע

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The first line of the Sh'ma is recited out loud and in unison, with the right hand covering the eyes. "Baruch Shem K'vod" is recited in an undertone.

Hear, O Israel: Adonai is our God, Adonai is one.

Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ, יְיָ אֶחָד.

ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד.

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V'Ahavta ואהבת

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You shall love your Sovereign God with all your heart, soul, and being. Take these words, which I command you on this day, and keep them upon your heart: teach them to your children, and speak of them in your house and wherever you go, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign upon your hand, and as frontlets between your eyes. Write them upon the door-posts of your house, and upon your gates.

וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְיָ אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל לְבָבְךָ, וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל מְאֹדֶךָ. וְהָיוּ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם, עַל לְבָבֶךָ. וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ, וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם, בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ, וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ, וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ, וּבְקוּמֶךָ. וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת עַל יָדֶךָ, וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ. וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל מְזֻזוֹת בֵּיתֶךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶיךָ.

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Mi Chamochah מי כמכה

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Who is like You, Adonai, among all the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders?
Your children beheld Your sovereign power, as You cleaved the sea before Moses: they exclaimed, this is my god! Adonai shall reign for ever and ever! (Reader) For our God delivered Jacob and redeemed our people from the hand of stronger opponents. Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, who has redeemed Your people Israel.

מִי כָמֹכָה בָּאֵלִם יְיָ
מִי כָּמֹֽכָה נֶאְדָּר בַּקֹּֽדֶשׁ
נוֹרָא תְהִלֹּת, עֹֽשֵׂה פֶֽלֶא.
מַלְכוּתְךָ רָאוּ בָנֶֽיךָ
בּוֹקֵעַ יָם לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה
זֶה אֵלִי עָנוּ וְאָמְרוּ:
יְיָ יִמְלוֹךְ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.
(Reader) וְנֶאֱמַר: כִּי פָדָה יְיָ אֶת יַעֲקֹב
וּגְאָלוֹ מִיַּד חָזָק מִמֶּנּוּ.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ גָּאַל יִשְׂרָאֵל.

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V'shamru ושמרו

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The children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing it throughout all generations, as an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever, that in six days Adonai made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day ceased from work and rested.

וְשָׁמְרוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת, לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת לְדֹרֹתָם בְּרִית עוֹלָם. בֵּינִי וּבֵין בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אוֹת הִיא לְעוֹלָם, כִּי שֵֽׁשֶׁת יָמִים עָשָׂה יְיָ אֶת הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וְאֶת הָאָֽרֶץ, וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי שָׁבַת וַיִּנָּפַשׁ.

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The Amidah

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Adonai S'fatai Tiftach אדני שפתי תפתח

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Rise for the Amidah.

In some communities the entire Amidah is read silently by each individual and then repeated out loud by the reader or cantor. In other communities the introduction and first two paragraphs are sung out loud by the entire congregation and the remainder is said silently. You may be seated when you finish your silent Amidah prayers.

At the start of the Amidah, it is customary to take three steps backward, then three steps forward and remain standing with your feet together through the entire Amidah. This is meant to remind us that we are standing in the presence of God, and should enter the spiritual realm with respect and reverence.

Adonai, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.

אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶֽךָ.

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Avot v'Imahot אבות ואמהות

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In some communities the first paragraph of the Amidah begins with a bow towards the Torah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God and God of our ancestors: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, (some communities may add): Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel. The great, mighty and revered God, the most high God, who bestows lovingkindness, and is Master over all things; who remembers the pious deeds of the patriarchs (some communities may add): and matriarchs, and in love will redeem us for their sake. O Ruler, Helper, Saviour and Shield. Blessed are You, Adonai the Shield of Abraham and Sarah.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ ואִמּוֹתֲינוּ, אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם, אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק, וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב, אֱלֹהֵי שָּׂרָה, אֱלֹהֵי רִבְקָה, אֱלֹהֵי לֵאָה וֵאלֹהֵי רָחֵל, הָאֵל הַגָּדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר וְהַנּוֹרָא, אֵל עֶלְיוֹן, גּוֹמֵל חֲסָדִים טוֹבִים, וְקֹנֵה הַכֹּל, וְזוֹכֵר חַסְדֵי אָבוֹת וְאִמָּהוֹת, וּמֵבִיא גוֹאֵל לִבְנֵי בְנֵיהֶם, לְמַֽעַן שְׁמוֹ בְּאַהֲבָה. מֶֽלֶךְ עוֹזֵר וּמוֹשִֽׁיעַ וּמָגֵן. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, מָגֵן אַבְרָהָם וְעֶזְרַת שָּׂרָה.

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G'vurot גבורות

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You are forever mighty, Adonai; you give life to all (revive the dead).
WINTER -- You cause the wind to shift and rain to fall.
SUMMER -- You rain dew upon us.
You sustain life through love, giving life to all (reviving the dead) through great compassion, supporting the fallen, healing the sick, freeing the captive, keeping faith with those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, Source of mighty acts? Who resembles You, a Sovereign who takes and gives life, causing deliverance to spring up and faithfully giving life to all (reviving that which is dead)? Blessed are you, Adonai, who gives life to all (who revives the dead).

You are holy and Your name is holy. Holy are those who praise You everyday. Blessed are You, Adonai, the holy God.

אַתָּה גִּבּוֹר לְעוֹלָם אֲדֹנָי, מְחַיֵּה הַכֹּל (מֵתִים) אַֽתָּה, רַב לְהוֹשִֽׁיעַ.
:Winterמַשִּׁיב הָרֽוּחַ וּמוֹרִיד הַגֶּֽשֶׁם.
:Summerמַשִּׁיב הָרֽוּחַ וּמוֹרִיד הַטַל.
מְכַלְכֵּל חַיִּים בְּחֶֽסֶד, מְחַיֵּה הַכֹּל (מֵתִים) בְּרַחֲמִים רַבִּים, סוֹמֵךְ נוֹפְלִים, וְרוֹפֵא חוֹלִים, וּמַתִּיר אֲסוּרִים, וּמְקַיֵּם אֱמוּנָתוֹ לִישֵׁנֵי עָפָר, מִי כָמֽוֹךָ בַּֽעַל גְּבוּרוֹת וּמִי דּֽוֹמֶה לָּךְ, מֶֽלֶךְ מֵמִית וּמְחַיֶּה וּמַצְמִֽיחַ יְשׁוּעָה. וְנֶאֱמָן אַתָּה לְהַחֲיוֹת הַכֹּל. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, מְחַיֵּה הַכֹּל (הַמֵּתִים).

אַתָּה קָדוֹשׁ וְשִׁמְךָ קָדוֹשׁ, וּקְדוֹשִׁים בְּכָל יוֹם יְהַלְלֽוּךָ סֶּֽלָה. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הָאֵל הַקָּדוֹשׁ.

You hallowed the seventh day to honor Your Name by making it the pinnacle of the creation of heaven and earth. You blessed it above all the days and set it apart from all seasons. Thus it is written in Your Torah:

אַתָּה קִדַּֽשְׁתָּ אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי לִשְׁמֶֽךָ, תַּכְלִית מַעֲשֵׂה שָׁמַֽיִם וָאָֽרֶץ, וּבֵרַכְתּוֹ מִכָּל הַיָּמִים, וְקִדַּשְׁתּוֹ מִכָּל הַזְּמַנִּים, וְכֵן כָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתֶֽךָ:

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Shalom Rav שלום רב

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Grant abundant peace to Israel your people forever, for you are the Sovereign God of all peace. May it be pleasing to you to bless your people Israel in every season and moment with your peace. Blessed are you, Adonai, who blesses your people Israel with peace.

שָׁלוֹם רָב עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל עַמְּךָ תָּשִׂים לְעוֹלָם, כִּי אַתָּה הוּא מֶֽלֶךְ אָדוֹן לְכָל הַשָּׁלוֹם. וְטוֹב בְּעֵינֶֽיךָ לְבָרֵךְ אֶת עַמְּךָ
יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּכָל עֵת וּבְכָל שָׁעָה בִּשְׁלוֹמֶֽךָ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, הַמְבָרֵךְ אֶת עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּשָּׁלוֹם.

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Debbie Friedman's Mi Sheberach מי שברך

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THE SERVICE LEADER ASKS FOR NAMES OF THOSE IN NEED OF HEALING TO BE MENTIONED OUT LOUD BEFORE SINGING THE MI SHEBEIRACH:

May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us,
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing
And let us say: Amen.

Bless those in need of healing with refuah sh'leimah
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit
And let us say: Amen.

מי שברך אבותינו
מקור הברכה לאמותינו.

מי שברך אמותינו
מקור הברכה לאבותינו.

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D'var Torah

D'var Torah דבר תורה

D’var Torah (sermon) on a theme from the weekly Torah portion, or some other reading or presentation on the theme of your service.

Concluding Prayers

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Vayechulu Hashamyim ויכלו השמים

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And the Heaven and the Earth were finished and all their host. And on the seventh day God finished working and rested from all the work which had been made. And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it through rest from all the work which God had created and made.

וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וְהָאָֽרֶץ וְכָל צְבָאָם. וַיְכַל אֱלֹהִים בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה, וַיִּשְׁבֹּת בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה. וַיְבָֽרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ, כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶר בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת.

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Magen Avot v'Imahot מגן אבות ואמהות

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Blessed are You, Adonai our God and God of our fathers and mothers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, God of Sarah, God of Rebecca, God of Leah, and God of Rachel, the great, mighty and revered God, the most High God, Master of heaven and earth.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ וְאִמּוֹתֵינוּ, אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם, אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק, וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב, אֱלֹהֵי שָּׂרָה, אֱלֹהֵי רִבְקָה, אֱלֹהֵי לֵאָה וֵאלֹהֵי רָחֵל, הָאֵל הַגָּדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר וְהַנּוֹרָא, אֵל עֶלְיוֹן, קוֹנֵה שָׁמַֽיִם וָאָֽרֶץ.

God’s words were a shield to our ancestors. Our holy God, like which nothing can compare, gives rest to us--God’s people--on this holy Sabbath day, because God took pleasure in us and granted us rest. We will serve Adonai with reverence and awe, and daily and constantly we will give thanks through our blessings. It is to God alone our thanksgivings are due, the Sovereign of peace, who hallows the Sabbath and blesses the seventh day, and in holiness gives rest to a people content with delight, in remembrance of the creation.

. מָגֵן אָבוֹת וְאִמָּהוֹת בִּדְבָרוֹ, מְחַיֵּה הַכֹּל בְּמַאֲמָרוֹ, הָאֵל הַקָּדוֹשׁ שֶׁאֵין כָּמֽוֹהוּ, הַמֵּנִֽיחַ לְעַמּוֹ בְּיוֹם שַׁבַּת קָדְשׁוֹ, כִּי בָם רָצָה לְהָנִֽיחַ לָהֶם. לְפָנָיו נַעֲבוֹד בְּיִרְאָה וָפַֽחַד, וְנוֹדֶה לִשְׁמוֹ בְּכָל יוֹם תָּמִיד, מֵעֵין הַבְּרָכוֹת. אֵל הַהוֹדָאוֹת, אֲדוֹן הַשָּׁלוֹם, מְקַדֵּשׁ הַשַּׁבָּת וּמְבָרֵךְ שְׁבִיעִי, וּמֵנִֽיחַ בִּקְדֻשָּׁה לְעַם מְדֻשְּׁנֵי עֹֽנֶג, זֵֽכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית.

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Aleinu עלינו

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Ours is the responsibility to praise the God of all, to ascribe to the greatness of the Creator, who has set us apart from the other families of earth, giving us a destiny unique among the nations.
(Bend knees and bow forward) We bend the knee and bow, (straighten up) acknowledging the supreme Sovereign, the Holy One of Blessing.
For you spread out the heavens and establish the earth; Your majestic abode is in the heavens above and Your mighty Presence is in the loftiest of heights. You are our God and there is no one else. In truth, You are our Sovereign without compare, as is written in Your Torah: Know then this day and take it to heart that Adonai is surely God in the heavens above and on the earth below. There is none else.

As it is written in Your Torah, “Adonai shall reign forever and ever.” And it is said, “Adonai shall be ruler over all the Earth: in that day, Adonai shall be One and God’s name shall be One.”

עָלֵֽינוּ לְשַׁבֵּֽחַ לַאֲדוֹן הַכֹּל, לָתֵת גְּדֻלָּה לְיוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית, שֶׁלֹּא עָשָֽׂנוּ כְּגוֹיֵי הָאֲרָצוֹת, וְלֹא שָׂמָֽנוּ כְּמִשְׁפְּחוֹת הָאֲדָמָה, שֶׁלֹא שָׂם חֶלְקֵֽנוּ כָּהֶם, וְגֹרָלֵֽנוּ כְּכָל הֲמוֹנָם, (Bend knees and bow forward) וַאֲנַֽחְנוּ כּוֹרְעִים וּמִשְׁתַּחֲוִים וּמוֹדִים(straighten up), לִפְנֵי מֶֽלֶךְ מַלְכֵי הַמְּלָכִים, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא. שֶׁהוּא נוֹטֶה שָׁמַֽיִם וְיֹסֵד אָֽרֶץ, וּמוֹשַׁב יְקָרוֹ בַּשָּׁמַֽיִם מִמַּֽעַל, וּשְׁכִינַת עֻזּוֹ בְּגָבְהֵי מְרוֹמִים, הוּא אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ אֵין עוֹד. אֱמֶת מַלְכֵּֽנוּ, אֶֽפֶס זוּלָתוֹ, כַּכָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתוֹ: וְיָדַעְתָּ הַיּוֹם וַהֲשֵׁבֹתָ אֶל לְבָבֶֽךָ, כִּי יְיָ הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים בַּשָּׁמַֽים מִמַּֽעַל, וְעַל הָאָֽרֶץ מִתָּֽחַת, אֵין עוֹד.

וְנֶאֱמַר, וְהָיָה יְיָ לְמֶֽלֶךְ עַל כָּל הָאָֽרֶץ, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְיָ אֶחָד, וּשְמוֹ אֶחָד.

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Mourner's Kaddish קדיש יתום

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In some congregations, only those in mourning or observing a yartzheit stand and recite the Mourner’s Kaddish. However, particularly since the Holocaust, some congregations have developed the practice of everyone present reciting the Kaddish on behalf of those who have no one left to say Kaddish for them. Therefore, each individual should stand or sit as is their personal custom.

Magnified and sanctified is God’s great name in the world created according to divine will. May God’s majesty reign during your lifetime and throughout your days, and during the life of all the house of Israel, speedily and soon, and let us say, Amen.

יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא. בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵהּ, וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ בְּחַיֵּיכוֹן וּבְיוֹמֵיכוֹן וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

Recited by the Community and Chazzan.

Let God’s great Name be blessed forever and for all eternity.

יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא.

Blessed, praised and glorified, exalted, extolled and honored, magnified and lauded be the Name of the Holy One, though God reigns high above all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations, which are uttered in this world; and let us say: Amen.

יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרוֹמַם וְיִתְנַשֵּׂא וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, לְעֵֽלָּא מִן כָּל בִּרְכָתָא וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא, דַּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life for us and for all Israel; and let us say, Amen.

יְהֵא שְׁלָמָא רַבָּא מִן שְׁמַיָּא, וְחַיִּים עָלֵֽינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

Take three steps back and bow left, right and forward.

May the one who makes peace in high places, make peace for us and for all Israel; and let us say, Amen.

עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵֽינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן.

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Star of David

Friday Night Kiddush

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The following is recited while standing.

And there was evening and there was morning,
The sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were completed and all their array. On the seventh day God finished the work that had been done, and abstained on the seventh day from all work that had been done. God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it because on it, God abstained from all work which had been created.

(By your leave, my masters, rabbis and teachers:)

Blessed are You, God, our Ruler and Ruler of the Universe. Who creates the fruit of the vine.

Blessed are You, God, our Ruler and Ruler of the Universe. Who has sanctified us with commandments, took pleasure in us, and with love and favor gave us the Holy Shabbat as an inheritance, a reminder of creation. For that day is the prologue to the holy gathering, a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt. For us did You choose and us you Sanctified from all nations. And Your holy Shabbat, with love and favor did You give us as a heritage. Blessed are You, God, who sanctifies the Shabbat.

וַיְהִי עֶֽרֶב וַיְהִי בֹֽקֶר
יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי. וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וְהָאָֽרֶץ וְכָל צְבָאָם. וַיְכַל אֱלֹהִים בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה, וַיִּשְׁבֹּת בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה. וַיְבָֽרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ, כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶר בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת.

(סַבְרִי מָרָנָן וְרַבָּנָן וְרַבּוֹתַי:)
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּֽפֶן.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְרָֽצָה בָֽנוּ, וְשַׁבַּת קָדְשׁוֹ בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְרָצוֹן הִנְחִילָֽנוּ זִכָּרוֹן לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית, כִּי הוּא יוֹם תְּחִלָּה לְמִקְרָאֵי קֹֽדֶשׁ, זֵֽכֶר לִיצִיאַת מִצְרָֽיִם, כִּי בָֽנוּ בָחַֽרְתָּ וְאוֹתָֽנוּ קִדַּֽשְׁתָּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים, וְשַׁבַּת קָדְשְׁךָ בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְרָצוֹן הִנְחַלְתָּֽנוּ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, מְקַדֵּשׁ הַשַּׁבָּת.

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Closing Songs

Star of David

Adon Olam אדון עולם

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You are the Eternal God who ruled before the creation. At the time You’re will directly determined what occurred, You were already ruling.

And when all else has failed, You will still reign majestically. You were, You are, You will be in glory.

You are only One. You do not rely upon or compare with any other. You exist without beginning or end. You know power that cannot be seen or experienced elsewhere.

You are my God. You are my Redeemer; my Rock when I am distressed; my confidence; my protection; my aide when I call on You.

I place my soul in Your hands and trust You with it night and day. I also entrust You with my body. When I have Adonai, I shall never fear.

אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ, בְּטֶֽרֶם כָּל יְצִיר נִבְרָא. לְעֵת נַעֲשָׂה בְחֶפְצוֹ כֹּל, אֲזַי מֶֽלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא.

וְאַחֲרֵי כִּכְלוֹת הַכֹּל,
לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלוֹךְ נוֹרָא.
וְהוּא הָיָה, וְהוּא הֹוֶה,
וְהוּא יִהְיֶה, בְּתִפְאָרָה.

וְהוּא אֶחָד וְאֵין שֵׁנִי,
לְהַמְשִׁיל לוֹ לְהַחְבִּֽירָה.
בְּלִי רֵאשִׁית בְּלִי תַכְלִית,
וְלוֹ הָעֹז וְהַמִּשְׂרָה.

וְהוּא אֵלִי וְחַי גֹּאֲלִי,
וְצוּר חֶבְלִי בְּעֵת צָרָה.
וְהוּא נִסִּי וּמָנוֹס לִי,
מְנָת כּוֹסִי בְּיוֹם אֶקְרָא.

בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי,
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִֽירָה.
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי,
יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא.

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Star of David

Yigdal יגדל

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We praise, exalt, and adore the living God! God was, God is, God will be evermore! God is unique in the unity of One: eternal, inconceivable is God.

No form, or shape even compares with the incorporeal One, blessed God. God was at creation. The Eternal One saw no beginning in heaven, or earth, but instead knows only a timeless existence absent a birth.

No prophet ever yet has filled the place of Moses, who beheld God face to face. Through him (the faithful in God’s house) God gave the law of truth to Israel.

This Judge will not alter, will not change for any other through time’s utmost range. God knows and heeds the secret thoughts of humanity: God saw the end before there even was a beginning. With love and grace does God bless the righteous; God treats the wicked appropriately.

The Messiah will come. God, forever praised, will resurrect the dead.

יִגְדַּל אֱלֹהִים חַי וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח, נִמְצָא, וְאֵין עֵת אֶל מְצִיאוּתוֹ. אֶחָד וְאֵין יָחִיד כְּיִחוּדוֹ, נֶעְלָם, וְגַם אֵין סוֹף לְאַחְדּוּתוֹ.

אֵין לוֹ דְמוּת הַגּוּף וְאֵינוֹ גוּף, לֹא נַעֲרוֹךְ אֵלָיו קְדֻשָּׁתוֹ. קַדְמוֹן לְכָל דָּבָר אֲשָׁר נִבְרָא, רִאשׁוֹן וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית לְרֵאשִׁיתוֹ.

הִנּוֹ אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם לְכָל נוֹצָר, יוֹרֶה גְדֻלָּתוֹ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ.
שֶֽׁפַע נְבוּאָתוֹ נְתָנוֹ,
אֶל אַנְשֵׁי סְגֻלָּתוֹ וְתִפְאַרְתּוֹ.

לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כְּמֹשֶׁה עוֹד,
נָבִיא וּמַבִּיט אֶת תְּמוּנָתוֹ. תּוֹרַת אֱמֶת נָתַן לְעַמּוֹ אֵל,
עַל יַד נְבִיאוֹ נֶאֱמַן בֵּיתוֹ.

לֹא יַחֲלִיף הָאֵל וְלֹא יָמִיר דָּתוֹ,
לְעוֹלָמִים, לְזוּלָתוֹ.
צוֹפֶה וְיוֹדֵֽעַ סְתָרֵֽינוּ,
מַבִּיט לְסוֹף דָּבָר בְּקַדְמָתוֹ.

גּוֹמֵל לְאִישׁ חֶֽסֶד כְּמִפְעָלוֹ, נוֹתֵן לְרָשָׁע רָע כְּרִשְׁעָתוֹ.

יִשְׁלַח לְקֵץ הַיָּמִין מְשִׁיחֵֽנוּ, לִפְדּוֹת מְחַכֵּי קֵץ יְשׁוּעָתוֹ.

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