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The Blessings of the Amidah: Gratitude

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The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The eighteenth blessing is an outright statement of gratitude. It is the longest of the nineteen blessings. When reciting this blessing, bow at the waist during the first five words but return to upright before saying God’s name (Ah’doh’nai).

Moh’deem ah’nachnu lach sheh’ah’tah hoo Ah’doh’nai Eh’lo’hay’nu vey’lo’hay avoh’taynu l’olam va’ed, tzur cha’yay’nu, magen yish’aynu Ah’tah hoo l’dor va’dor. Nodeh l’cha oon’sah’payr t’hee’lah’techa ahl cha’yay’nu hahm’soo’rim b’yah’deh’cha, v’ahl nish’mo’taynu hop’koo’dot lach, v’ahl nee’seh’cha sheb’chol yom ee’manu, v’ahl nif’l’oh’techa v’to’vo’techa shehb’chol ayt, erev va’vo’ker v’tza’ha’ra’yeem. Hatov kee lo cha’lu rah’chah’mecha, v’hahm’rah’chaym kee lo tamu cha’sa’deh’cha, may’olam kee’vee’nu lach.

V’ahl koolam yit’ba’rach v’yit’ro’mam shim’cha mal’kay’nu tamid l’o’lam va’ed. V’chol ha’cha’yim yoh’doo’cha selah, vee’ha’l’loo et shim’cha beh’eh’m’et, ha’ayl y’shoo’a’taynu v’ez’ra’taynu selah. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai ha’tov shim’cha ool’cha na’eh l’hodot.

We give thanks to You, for You are the Lord our God and God of our ancestors for ever and all time. You are the Rock of our lives, Shield of our salvation from generation to generation. We will thank You and declare Your praise for our lives, which are entrusted into Your hand; for our souls, which are placed in Your charge; for Your miracles that are with us every day; and for Your wonders and favors at all times, evening, morning and midday. You are good–for Your compassion never fails. and You are compassionate–for Your loving-kindnesses never cease. We have always placed our hope in You.

For all these things may Your name be blessed and exalted, our King, continually, for ever and all time. Let all that lives thank You, Selah! and praise Your name in truth, God, our Savior and Help, Selah! Blessed are You, Lord, whose name is “the Good” and to whom thanks are due.

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

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