Blessings for Every Day and Shabbat


Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Children: Morning Rituals — Article on 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): 



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

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:



Explanation of Shabbat as a gift to oneself (see article)

Audio links to the pronunciation of Shabbat prayers (on


Lighting the Candles

Shabbat candle lighting times by zip code. See

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

Guide on for how to celebrate Shabbat. Includes blessings for children.

Article on RitualWell about the prayer for children.

Audio file of reciting the blessing over children:


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.