Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: Livelihood

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The ninth blessing is a request for sustenance and economic success.

Ba’raych a’lay’nu Ah’doh’nai Eh'loh'aynu et ha’shana hazoat v’et kol me’nay t’voo’atah l’tova,
(said in winter: v’tain tal u’matar liv’racha)
(said in other seasons: v’tain b’racha)
ahl pnay ha’ah’dama v’sabaynu me’too’vah, oo’varaych sh’nah’taynu ka’sha’nim ha’tovot. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai m’varaych ha’shanim.

Bless this year for us, Lord our God, and all its types of produce for good and
(said in winter: grant dew and rain as a blessing)
(said in other seasons: grant blessing)
on the face of the earth, and from its goodness satisfy us, blessing our year as the best of years. Blessed are You, Lord, who blesses the years.

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

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