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Blessings

stained glass of the Burning Bush

Wherever you may be, here are some blessings that might help you celebrate sacred moments.
Hebrew with transliteration over English 

OVER THE WINE:

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu,

melech ha'olam, boreh p’ri hagofen

 

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine."

clear glass of red wine

OVER THE BREAD:

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha'olam, 

hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth."

two braided challah on a gold and brown plate surrounded by cloth

WHEN LIGHTING SHABBAT CANDLES:

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the Shabbat candles."

two white candles in silver holders
person in purple shirt blessing the lit the white Shabbat candles in golden holders on a table cloth

SHEHECHIYANU:

This blessing is said whenever something pleasant that has not happened for a while is encountered, and happy occasions. The blessing is also recited upon such occasions as affixing a mezuzah (particularly on a new home). 

 

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha'olam, she'heheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higi'anu la'z'man ha'zeh.

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season."

one hand hammering while the other hand holds the wooden mezuzah to a door post
mezuzah blessing of a person wearing a teal kippah in light blue shirt with tzitzit and navy pants

Y’VA-REH’CH’CHA: 

Ancient Three Fold Blessing taught us by Aaron, Moses’ brother when blessing someone.

 

Y’va-reh’ch’cha  Adonai  v’yish m’reh-cha

Ya-eir Adonai  pa-nav  ei-leh-cha  vi-chi-neh-ka

Yi-sa  Adonai  pa-nav  ei-leh-cha v’ya-seim  l’cha  shalom 

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord lift His face upon you, and be gracious unto you.  May God the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give to you peace.

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