Prayers & Blessings

Prayers and Blessings

The source:

“Inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”  (Deut. 6:9, 11:20).


What you need to know:

1. Roll the parchment from the end to the beginning so that the word Shema is on top.

2. Place it in the mezuzah case.

3. Say the following blessings:

Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu likboah mezuzah.

Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made us holy with mitzvot and instructed us to affix the mezuzah.

Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech haolam she-hecheyanu vekimanu vehigiyanu lazman hazeh.

Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and helped us to reach this moment.


Things to remember:

1. The mezuzah literally means “doorpost” but is normally taken to refer to the case which holds the parchment and then is affixed to the doorpost.

2. A mezuzah should be placed on every doorpost in the house except for the bathrooms.

3. The mezuzah should be affixed to the upper third of the right-hand doorpost (as you enter) but no less than one handbreadth ( the width of your hand) from the top.

4. On the parchment is written the Shema Yisrael and Deut 6:4-9. 11:13-31.

5. Mezuzah parchments should be checked twice every seven years.

6. When moving to a new home, leave your mezuzot for the new family-if it is Jewish. If not, take the mezuzot with you.


Key words and phrases:
Klaf  The parchment inside the mezuzah.

If you want to know more:
Alfred Kolatch, The Jewish Home Advisor (Middle Village, N.Y., 1990).

More particulars:
Secret code on back of mezuzah parchment: kuzo bemuchsaz kuzo, which stands for Adonai Elohenu Adonai.

Shaddai: “Almighty God” and an acronym for Shomer Daltot Yisrael, meaning “protector of Israelite doors.”

Torah Blessings

Before the Aliyah

Barchu et Adonai ha-m’vorach.

Baruch Adonai ha-m’vorachl’olam va-ed.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheynu melech ha-olam, asher bachar banu mi-kol ha-amim, v’natan lanu et torato. Baruch ata Adonai noteyn ha-torah.

After the Aliyah

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheynu melech ha-olam, asher natan lanu torat emet, v’cha-yey olam nata b’tocheynu. Baruch ata Adonai noteyn hatorah.

Prayers for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parents

With gladness and thanksgiving we praise You, O Lord our God, for having kept us alive, and sustained us, and enabled us to reach this day.

We give thanks for the wondrous privilege of seeing our son grow day by day, week by week, year by year. For the health and strength You have given him, for the mind and spirit with which You endowed him, for his ability to elicit and return love — for all these precious gifts, we thank You.

Watch over him, O God, on this special day and every day.
Grant him a growing understanding of the true significance of this occasion and a deepening loyalty to everything which it represents.
May the teachings of our heritage guide him throughout life; and may he lead a life worthy of Your blessings. Amen.

Lord our God, author of life and source of all blessings, we praise You for keeping us alive, and sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this day.

Gratefully we thank You for the joyous privilege of seeing our son attain this milestone. On this day cherished dreams and hopes are fulfilled. On this day new dreams and new hopes are born.

We pray that Your protecting and loving care will accompany him wherever he goes and in all that he does. Help him to become all that he is capable of being. Give him strength to do all the good things that are within his reach. Keep him loyal to the best that he has been shown, and to the noblest Jewish teachings he has been taught.

May his deeds find favour in the eyes of his fellow men and be worthy of Your blessings. Amen.

Bat Mitzvah

Parents of a Bar Mitzvah may say either of these prayers:

“This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and celebrate on it.”

On this Shabbat when our daughter becomes a Bat Mitzvah, we have come with her and our loved ones to join in worship and to offer our prayer or thanksgiving.

We are grateful, O God, for the privilege of passing along the gift of life which You gave us, thus sharing with You in the miracle of creation. We are grateful for the thirteen years of nurturing this life, for the unnumbered joys and challenges which these years have brought us. Praise to You. O Lord, for keeping us alive, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this day.

Bless our daughter, O God; watch over her, protect her, guide her. Help her to continue to grow in body and mind, in soul and character. Keep her loyal to our people and to the teachings or our Torah. May her life be rich and rewarding. May all her deeds bring pride to us, honor to the house of Israel, and glory to Your name. Amen.

We thank You, a God, for the joyous fulfilment we feel as our daughter reaches the threshold of womanhood.
How privileged we feel that she is our daughter, and that she is bound to us by bonds of love, of memory and of hope! .

Praise to You, a Lord our God, who has kept us alive, and sustained us, and enabled us to reach this day.
O God, accept our thankfulness for the thirteen years that have come and gone; bless our hope for the years that are yet to be.

May Your mercy and guidance accompany this Bat Mitzvah at all times, in a life marked by reverence for Torah and love of all Your children. Amen.

Kiddush For Shabbat – Friday Evening

And there was evening and there was morning – the sixth day. The heavens and the earth, and all they contain, were completed. On the seventh day God finished the work which He had been doing, and ceased on the seventh day from all the work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and called it holy, because on it God ceased from all the work of creation. (GENESIS 1:31-2:3)

Praised are You, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, creating the fruit of the vine.

Praised are You, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, instilling in us the holiness of mitzvot, and cherishing us through His holy Shabbat granted lovingly, gladly, a reminder of Creation. It is the first among our days of sacred assembly recalling the Exodus from Egypt. Thus You have chosen us, endowing us with holiness, from among all peoples by granting us Your holy Shabbat lovingly and gladly. Praised are You Adonai, who hallows Shabbat.

Va-y’hi erev va-y’hi voker. Yom ha-shishi. Va-y’khulu ha-shamayim v’ha-aretz v’khol tz’va-am.

Va-y’khal Elohim ba-yom ha-sh’vi-i m’lakhto asher asah, va-yish-bot ba-yom ha-sh’vi-i mi-kol m’lakhto asher asah. Va-y’varekh Elohim et yom ha-sh’vi-i va-y.kadesh oto, ki vo shavat mi-kol m’lakhto. asher bara Elohim la’asot.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-gafen.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid-shanu b’mitzvotav v’ratzah vanu, v’shabbat kodsho b’ahavah u-v’ratzon hin-chi-Ianu, zikaron I’ma’aseh v’reshit. Ki hu yom t’chilah I’mikra-ei kodesh, zecher li-y’tzi-at mitzrayim. Ki vanu vacharta v’otanu kidashta mikol ha-amim, v’shabbat kodsh’cha b’ahavah u-v’ratzon hin-chal-tanu. Barukh atah Adonai, m’kadesh ha-shabbat.

Shema and Veahavta


Praised be His glorious sovereignty for ever and ever.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might. You shall take to heart these words which I command you this day. You shall teach them diligently to your children, speaking of them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down at night and when you rise up in the morning. You shall bind them as a sign upon your arm, and they shall be a reminder above your eyes. You shall inscribe them on the doorposts of our homes and on your gates.

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai echad.

V’ahavta eyt Adonai Elohecha b’chol l’vavcha uv-chol naf- sh’cha uv-chol m’odecha.. V’hayu ha-d’varim ha-eyleh asher anochi m’tza-v’cha ha-yom al l’vavecha. V’shi-nantam l’vanecha v’dibarta barn b’shiv-t’cha b’veytecha uv-lech-t’cha va-dereh uv’shoh-b’cha uv-kumeha. Uk-shartam l’ot al yadecha v’hayu l’totafot beyn eynecha. Uch-tavtam al m’zuzot beytecha uvish-arecha.


Kabbalat Shabbat

 L’khu N’ran’nah – Ramah   Listen  Download Sheet Music
 Psalm 29 – Sephardic   Listen  Download Sheet Music

Ma’ariv – Erev Shabbat

 V’Shamru  Listen  Download Sheet Music
 Vay’khulu    Listen  Download Sheet Music
 Al Kein N’kaveh    Listen  Download Sheet Music
 Yigdal    Listen  Download Sheet Music

Shaharit & Musaf – Shabbat Morning

 El Adon – R. Weisberg   Listen  Download Sheet Music
 K’yodo – R. Weisberg    Listen
Minkomo – R. Weisberg    Listen

Prayers from Torah Service

Blessing before Reading the Torah    Listen
 Blessing after Reading the Torah      Listen
Torah Tropes      Listen   Download the Names of the Torah Tropes
Haftarah Tropes     Listen   Download the Names of the Haftarah Tropes
Ashrei (Part I)     Listen
Ashrei (Part II)     Listen

Haftarah Blessings

Blessing before Reading the Haftarah    Listen
 Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 1 – 4      Listen
Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 5 – 8      Listen
Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 9 – 11     Listen
Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 12 – 17     Listen
Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 19 – 21     Listen
Blessing after the Haftarah Lines 22 – 24      Listen

Additional Prayers & Melodies

Havdalah Prayer    Listen
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