Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Morning Blessings: Eh’lo’hai N’shama/The Soul That You Created

Expressing gratitude to God for our lives and our souls is an essential part of the morning prayers.

Eh’lo’hai n’shama sheh’na’ta’ta bee t’hora hee. Ah’tah v’ratah Ah’tah y’tzar’tah, Ah’tah ne’phach’tah bee, v’Ah’tah m’sham’rah b’kirbee, v'Ah'tah ateed l'telah meemeni, oo'l'ha’cha’zeerah bee leh'ateed la'vo. Kol z’man sheh’han’shama b’kirbee mo’deh anee l’fa’neh’chah, Ah’doh’nai Eh-lohai vey’lohay avotai, reebon kol ha’ma’ah’sim, adon kol han’shamot. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai, hamah’chazir n’shamot lif’gah’rim may’tim.


My God, the soul that you placed within me is pure. You created it, You fashioned it, You breathed it into me, You guard it within me, and you will take it from me, and restore it to me in the time to come. All the time that the soul is within me, I gratefully thank you, Lord my God and the God of my ancestors, Master of all deeds, Master of all souls. Blessed are You, Lord, Who restores souls to dead bodies.

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

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