Thursday, September 24, 2009

In The Merit Of Our Ancestors

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The first blessing reflects God’s promise to protect the descendants of Abraham.

Blessed are You, Lord our God and God of our fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob; the great, mighty and awesome God, God Most High, who bestows acts of loving-kindness and creates all, who remembers the loving-kindness of the fathers and will bring a Redeemer to their children’s children for the sake of His name, in love. King, Helper, Savior, Shield:

Blessed are You, Lord, Shield of Abraham.

Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai magen Avraham.
(Only the concluding blessing is included in transliteration.)

--Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur, © Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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