Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: On Behalf of the Righteous

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The thirteenth blessing is the opposite of the one before; it is a prayer for the righteous, with the hopes that their righteousness will influence the rest of the people and the fate of those around them.

Ahl ha’tza’dee’kim v’ahl ha’cha’see’dim, v’ahl zik’nay am’cha bet Yisrael, v’ahl play’tat sof’ray’hem, v’ahl gay’ray ha’tzedek v’ah’laynu, yeh’hem’noo rah’cha’meh’cha Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu, v’ten sah’char tov l’chol ha’bot’chim b’shimcha beh’eh’met, v’seem chel’kaynu ee’mah’hem l’olam, v’lo nay’vosh kee v’cha vah’tachnu. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai mish’an oo’miv’tach la’tzah’dee’kim.

To the righteous, the pious, the elders of Your people the house of Israel, the remnant of their scholars, the righteous converts, and to us, may Your compassion be aroused, Lord our God. Grant a good reward to all who sincerely trust in Your name. Set our lot with them, so that we may never be ashamed, for in You we trust. Blessed are You, Lord, who is the support and trust of the righteous.

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

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