Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: Redemption from Difficulties

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The seventh blessing addresses our need for help, our need to be redeemed from difficult situations.

R’ay v’an’yaynu v’reevah ree’vaynu, oog’a’laynu m’hayrah l’ma’an sh’meh’cha, kee go’ayl chazak Ah’tah. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai go’ayl Yisrael.

Look on our affliction, plead our cause, and redeem us soon for Your name’s sake, for You are a powerful Redeemer. Blessed are You, Lord, the Redeemer of Israel.

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

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