Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: God’s Might

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The second blessing is a meditation on God’s might and His role in the basic flow of life.

Ah’tah gibor l’olam Ah’doh’nai, m’chayeh maytim Ah’tah, rav l’ho’shee’ah. M’chal’kayl chaim b’chesed m’chayei maytim b’rachamim rabim, somaych nophlim v’rofay cholim u’mateer assurim, u’mi’kayem emunato lee’shay’nay afar. Mee kamocha ba’al g’vurot, u’mee doh’meh lach, melech may’meet u'm’chayeh u’matz’meeach y’shuah.

V’neh’eh’man Ah’tah l’ha’chah’yot maytim. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai m’chayei hamaytim.


You are eternally mighty, Lord. You give life to the dead and have great power to save. He causes the dew to fall. He sustains the living with loving-kindness, and with great compassion revives the dead. He supports the fallen, heals the sick, sets captives free, and keeps His faith with those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, Master of might, and to whom can You be compared, O King who brings death and gives life, and makes salvation grow? Who is like You, compassionate Father, who remembers His creatures in compassion, for life?

Faithful are You to revive the dead. Blessed are You, Lord, who revives the dead.

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

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