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The Blessings of the Amidah: Closeness to God

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The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. Having recognized that God is the source of wisdom in the fourth blessing, the fifth blessing beseeches God to draw us closer to Him.

Ha’shee’vay’nu Aveenu l’Torah’techa, v’kar’vaynu Malkaynu la’avoda’techa, v’ha’cha’zee’raynu bit’shuvah sh’laymah l’fah’necha. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai, ha’rotzeh bit’shuvah.

Bring us back, our Father, to Your Torah. Draw us near, our King, to Your service. Lead us back to You in perfect repentance. Blessed are You, Lord, who desires repentance.

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

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