Blessings for Every Day and Shabbat

Morning

Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Children: Morning Rituals — Article on ReformJudaism.org that discusses ways to bring Judaism to the morning routine. Includes the morning prayer, Modeh Ani.

Modeh/Modah Ani l’fanekha melekh chai v’kayam shehechezarta bi nishmati b’chemlah rabah emunatekha.

In the morning, when I wake up, I open my eyes and I say, thank you Hashem, for my Neshama, and for giving me another day.

Modeh/Modah Ani audio recording (to the tune of “You are My Sunshine” and traditional tune): 

 

Bedtime

Goodnight, Sleep Tight: Bedtime Rituals — Guide for Jewish and multifaith families to incorporate Jewish ritual into bedtime routines. Contains a link to a printable booklet with prayers.

(From 18 Doors, an organization supporting Jewish and multifaith families.)

Bedtime Shema Prayer and Translation:

Shema, Israel, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

Audio recording of traditional tune for bedtime Shema: 

 

Audio Recording of traditional V’ahavta:

 

Shabbat

Check out a whole array of wonderful resources for bringing the power and beauty of Shabbat into your family’s life.

(From 18 Doors, an organization supporting Jewish and multifaith families.)

 

Lighting the Candles

Shabbat candle lighting times by zip code. See HebCal.com

Blessing over lighting the Shabbat candles:

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu lehadlik ner shel shabbat.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy through the commandments and commands us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.

Audio file of the tune for the blessing over candles:

 

Blessing the Children: Traditional & Innovative.

Introduction

A blessing for a person has two components. You notice and appreciate something special about that person, and then you bestow a hope for goodness upon them.

Blessings are also accompanied by touch, so if it is comfortable for your child, it is nice to have some kind of physical contact during the act of blessing. This can be holding hands, or a hand on the shoulder or head, or a hug or cuddle.

Share something special about your child that you noticed over the past week and then share a blessing for some kind of goodness you hope for them in the days and weeks to come. Conclude by reciting one of the blessings below.

Blessings

A quick and easy guide on how to celebrate Shabbat. Includes traditional Shabbat blessing for children.

(From 18 Doors, an organization supporting Jewish and multifaith families.)

Inclusive Blessing in English: gender neutral and non-theistic.

(By Carol Booth, Director, Jewish Baby Network.)

Queer/Gender Neutral Shabbat blessing for children in English and inclusive Hebrew.

(From Keshet, an organization supporting the LGBTQ and greater Jewish community.)

A personal story about the prayer for children along with other articles about blessing children.

(From ritualwell, a website containing thousands of resources, both innovative and traditional, for Jewish practice. Sponsored by the Reconstructionist Movement.)

Audio file of reciting the Shabbat blessing for children (traditional):

 

Hamotzi: Prayer before eating bread said at the beginning of a meal.

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Audio recording of the tune for Hamotzi (traditional and camp tune with English):

 

Kiddush: Blessing before drinking wine.

Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh Ha’Olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

 

Audio recording of tune for long kiddush for Shabbat Friday evening: Coming soon.

Audio recording of the first paragraph of Birkhat Hamazon, the Grace after Meals: Coming soon.