Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Blessings of the Amidah: Redemption of the Jewish People


The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The fifteenth blessing continues to focus on the future redemption as it beseeches God to send the Messiah, the descendant of King David, who will lead the world into a new era.

Et tzeh’mach David av’d’cha m’hay’ra tatz’mee’ach, v’karno tah’room biy’shoo’ateh’cha, kee lee’shoo’aht’cha kee’vee’nu kol ha’yom. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai mahtz’mee’ach keren y’shoo’ah.

May the offshoot of Your servant David soon flower, and may his pride be raised high by Your salvation, for we wait for Your salvation all day. Blessed are You, Lord, who makes the glory of salvation flourish.

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

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