Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Blessings of the Amidah: Requests

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The sixteenth blessing is the final blessing in the section of the Amidah that focuses on requests. It is an all encompassing blessing asking that God hear our voices and have mercy on us and our requests.

Sh’ma koh’laynu Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu. Chus v’rah’chaym ah’laynu, v’kabel b’rah’chamim oov’rah’tzon et t’fee’lah’taynu, kee Ehl sho’may’ah t’fee’lot v’ta’cha’noo’nim Ah’tah. Oo’meel’fah’neh’cha mal’kaynu ray’kahm al t’shee’vay’nu, kee Ah’tah sho’may’ah t’fee’lat am’cha Yisrael b’rah’cha’mim. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai sho’may’ah t’fee’lah.

Listen to our voice, Lord our God. Spare us and have compassion on us, and in compassion and favor accept our prayer, for You, God, listen to prayers and pleas. Do not turn us away, O our King, empty-handed from Your presence, for You listen with compassion to the prayer of Your people Israel. Blessed are You, Lord, who listens to prayer.

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

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