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For over 5,000 years Jews have prayed to God with one voice. Any Jew can walk into any Synagogue in the world and feel comfortable with familiar prayers. Our Temple is no exception. Our children are educated so that they may appreciate our common dedication to prayer. Click on the links below to see the prayers in Hebrew, transliterated and translated. You will learn about the history of the liturgy and be able to listen to many of them.



Candle Blessing T'filah-Avot
Kiddush Torah Blessings
Barchu Haftarah Blessing
Shema V'havtah
Mi Chamocha I Am Your God
Haskiveinu Mourner's Kaddish
G'vurot Oseh Shalom
Kidusha Shehecheyanu
Shalom Tallit Blessing
Bnai Mitzvah Prayers.html Erev Shabbat Prayers.html
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T'Filah-Avot

The Tefilah which means "the prayer" is a central prayer in the service where the one praying communicates directly with God. The blessings are quite ancient going back to the days of the second Temple. The following prayers are included in the Tefilah:

Adonai Sefatai is a prayer that our Tefilah might be sincere.

Avot v'Imahot is not a direct petition for blessings but a reminder to God and ourselves of the blessings and good deeds of our ancestors, with the implied hope that Adonai will continue to bless and shield each generation.

Gevurot roughly translated, means "mighty deeds". This calls God a source of blessing, supporter of the fallen, author of freedom, and our hope in death as in life. In the context of many persecutions and disasters, this prayer has no doubt provided comfort through every Jewish generation.

Shalom Rav, Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom are invitations to draw inward, to pray individually for lasting peace and pray that we may perform good deeds that contribute to that peace. Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom combined are a prayer written by Mar ben Rabina in the fourth century C. E., and are sometimes referred to as Mar's Prayer.

Click Here to listen to the Avot




The Kiddush


The Kiddush was probably said in Jewish homes before it was brought to the synagogue. In the days of the Babylonian exile, travelers were often housed in the synagogue and all who attended the service shared the wine, which was a luxury. In modern times when people work outside of their homes for very long days, those who are unable to make a Sabbath meal before services have an opportunity to sanctify the Sabbath in community.

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Blessing Before Reading Torah

Torah blessings are expressions of gratitude to God for giving us the Torah. The Torah reading is always preceded and concluded with these blessings, often chanted by a congregant who has a special event in their lives.

Blessing After Reading Torah

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The Barchu

The Barchu is a call to prayer that affirms God's oneness and readies us for the Sh'ma, which is the core of the service. The Rabbis of the Talmud teach that "the one who prays with the congregation will have their prayer answered." Tradition says that a minimum of 10 must gather to pray. We bow and bend our knees when we respond Baruch ata Adonai, a gesture that indicates respect for our sovereign deity.

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Haftarah Blessings

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The Shema

The Sh'ma is Judaism's most fundamental declaration of God's sovereignty from Deuteronomy 6:4. Hear O Israel: Adonai is our God, Adonai is One. We often say this prayer with our eyes covered or closed in order to block distractions and center ourselves. It is prayed standing as a sign of respect. The second declaration, Blessed is the glorious Name! Your majesty is forever! is a later insertion by the Rabbis of the Talmud in order to emphasize the prayer's power.

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The Veahavta

V'ahavta is a continuation of the Torah reading following the Sh'ma, from the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy, and is chanted in a Torah trope cantillation.

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The Michamocha

Mi Chamocha is sometimes called Miriam's Song or the Song of the Sea. It is a celebration of the crossing of the Red Sea and resonates through all generations as a celebration of God's care and redemptive power in our individual and collective lives.

Here to listen to the Micamocha




I Am Your God

 



The Haskiveinu




Mourner's Kaddish

The Kaddish is a prayer that praises God and expresses a yearning for the establishment of God's kingdom on earth. The emotional reactions inspired by the Kaddish come from the circumstances in which it is said: it is recited at funerals and by mourners.

The word Kaddish means sanctification, and the prayer is a sanctification of God's name. Kaddish is only said with a minyan (prayer quorum of ten men), following a psalm or prayer that has been said in the presence of a minyan, since the essence of the Kaddish is public sanctification. The one who says Kaddish always stands. Since the Holocaust, the Reform Jewish custom has been for the entire congregation to rise for the recitation of the Kaddish.

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Gevurot

Gevurot roughly translated, means "mighty deeds". This calls God a source of blessing, supporter of the fallen, author of freedom, and our hope in death as in life. In the context of many persecutions and disasters, this prayer has no doubt provided comfort through every Jewish generation.

Click Here to Listen to the Gevurot




Oseh Shalom

Shalom Rav, Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom are invitations to draw inward, to pray individually for lasting peace and pray that we may perform good deeds that contribute to that peace. Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom combined are a prayer written by Mar ben Rabina in the fourth century C.E., and are sometimes referred to as Mar's Prayer.

 

Click Here to listen to Oseh Shalom




The Sabbath KedushahThe Kidushah

Kedushah means holiness. This prayer is a proclamation of God's holiness. The Kedushah acquired special significance during the fifth century CE when Jews of Persia were prohibited from saying the Sh'ma. This prayer cleverly weaves in the words of the Sh'ma and was overlooked by those who spied on services to be sure the Sh'ma was not said. Some people stand on their toes when saying kadosh kadosh kadosh (holy holy holy.) The words are from Isaiah 6:3 which refers to a vision of angels, and standing on toes symbolizes the movement of angels. It also symbolizes the lifting of the spirit.

 

 

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The Shehecheyanu

Shehecheyanu is a blessing that is recited whenever a Mitzvah is performed for the first time each year or when a fruit is eaten for the first time each season or when you get a new suit that you’re really excited about (and other times). The blessing expresses thanks to God for sustaining us and bringing us to this day.

 

 




Shalom

Shalom Rav, Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom are invitations to draw inward, to pray individually for lasting peace and pray that we may perform good deeds that contribute to that peace. Yihiu L'Ratzon and Oseh Shalom combined are a prayer written by Mar ben Rabina in the fourth century C.E., and are sometimes referred to as Mar's Prayer.

 

Click Here to listen to Shalom Rav




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Prayers for B'nai Mitzvah

Friday Evening Kiddush

Listen to Kiddush

Nisim B'Chol Yom

Listen to Nisim B'Chol Yom

Bar'chu

Listen to Bar'chu

Yotzeir Or

Listen to Yotzeir Or

Sh'ma

Listen to Sh'ma

V'ahavta

Listen to V'ahavta

M'Chamochah

Listen to Mi Chamochah

Adonai S'fatai

Listen to Adonai S'fatai

Avot

Listen to Avot

G'vurot

Listen to G'vurot

K'dushah

Listen to K'dushah

Sim Shalom/Prayer for Peace

Listen to Sim Shalom/Prayer for Peace

Oseh Shalom

Listen to Oseh Shalom

Torah Blessings

Haftarah Blessings

Listen to Blessing Before Reading Haftarah - Listen to Blessings After Reading Haftarah

Aleinu

Listen to Aleinu

Tallit Blessing

Listen to Tallit Blessing

Shehecheyanu

Listen to Shehecheyanu

 




Prayers for Friday Evening

 

 

Candle Blessing

 

Listen to the Candle Blessing

Kiddush

Listen to Kiddush

Shalom Aleichem

Listen to Shalom Aleichem

Chatzi Kaddish

Listen to Chatzi Kaddish

Bar'chu

Sh'ma

Listen to Sh'ma

V'ahavta

Listen to V'ahavta

Mi Chamochah

Listen to Mi Chamochah

Hashkiveinu

Listen to Hashkiveinu

Mi Shebeirach

Listen to Mi Shebeirach

Adonai S'fatai

Listen to Adonai S'fatai

Avot

Listen to Avot

G'vurot

Listen to G'vurot

Shalom Rav

Listen to Shalom Rav

Oseh Shalom

Listen to Oseh Shalom

Mourner's Kaddish

Listen to Mourner's Kaddish

 




Our Prayers

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For over 5,000 years Jews have prayed to God with one voice. Any Jew can walk into any Synagogue in the world and feel comfortable with familiar prayers. Our Temple is no exception. Our children are educated so that they may appreciate our common dedication to prayer.

Prayers for Friday Evening

Prayers for Saturday Morning

 

Prayers for B'nai Mitzvah Students




Prayers for Shabbat Morning

Nisim B'Chol Yom

Listen to Nisim B'chol Yom

Bar'chu

Listen to Bar'chu

Sh'ma

Listen to Sh'ma

V'ahavta

Listen to V'ahavta

Mi Chamochah

Listen to Mi Chamochah

Adonai S'fatai

Listen to Adonai S'fatai

Avot

Listen to Avot

G'vurot

Listen to G'vurot

K'dushah

Listen to K'dushah

Sim Shalom/Prayer for Peace

Listen to Sim Shalom/Prayer for Peace

Oseh Shalom

Listen to Osh Shalom

Torah Blessings

Listen to the Blessings Before Reading the Torah - Listen to Blessings After Reading the Torah

Haftarah Blessings

Listen to Blessing Before Reading Haftarah - Listen to Blessings After Reading Haftarah

Aleinu

Listen to Aleinu

Mourner's Kaddish

Listen to Mourner's Kaddish

 




Our Prayers

chapel

For over 5,000 years Jews have prayed to God with one voice. Any Jew can walk into any Synagogue in the world and feel comfortable with familiar prayers. Our Temple is no exception. Our children are educated so that they may appreciate our common dedication to prayer.

Prayers for Friday Evening

Prayers for Saturday Morning

 

Prayers for B'nai Mitzvah Students

 




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