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Torah Blessings


Reading from the Torah is the central part of Shabbat and holiday services. Blessings are said before and after reading from the Torah in acknowledgment of the gift of Torah and its study.

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BLESSING BEFORE THE READING OF THE TORAH
Bar’chu et Adonai ham’vorach. Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam va-ed. Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher bachar banu mikol haamim, v’natan lanu et Torato. Baruch ata, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Bless Adonai who is blessed. Blessed is Adonai who is blessed now and forever. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has chosen us from among the peoples, and given us the Torah. Blessed are You, Adaonai, who gives the Torah.
 

 
BLESSING AFTER THE READING OF THE TORAH
Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher natan lanu Torat emet, v’chayei olam nata b’tocheinu. Baruch ata, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has given us a Torah of truth,
implanting within us eternal life. Blessed are You, Adonai, who gives the Torah.


 
PRAYER BEFORE RETURNING
THE TORAH TO THE ARK
The following prayer is recited in English by either the
bar or bat mitzvah or the rabbi.
 
Thou, who art the source of all blessings, be with this congregation and with all its members, their families and their households; prosper them in their various callings and occupations, help them in their needs, and guide them in their difficulties. Hear Thou the prayers of all who worship here this morning, comfort the sorrowing and cheer the silent sufferers. Bless those who guide and who serve this congregation, and those who contribute to its strength. Reward with the joy of goodness the charitable and the merciful who aid the poor, care for the sick, teach the ignorant, and extend a helping hand to those who have lost their way in the world.

Fervently we invoke Thy blessing upon our country and our nation. Guard them, O God, from calamity and injury; suffer not their adversaries to triumph over them, but let the glories of a just, righteous and God-fearing people increase from age to age. Enlighten with Thy wisdom and sustain with Thy power those whom the people have set in authority, the President, his counselors, and advisers, the judges, law-givers and executives, and all who are entrusted with our safety and with the guardianship of our rights and our liberties. May peace and good-will obtain among all the inhabitants of our land; may religion spread its blessings among us and exalt our nation in righteousness.

Amen.


 
PRAYER BEFORE CLOSING THE ARK DOORS (TORAT ADONAI T’MIMA)
Torat Adonai t’mima M’shivat nafesh. Eidut Adonai ne-emanah Mach’kimat peti. Pikudei Adonai y’sharim M’samchei lev. Mishptei Adonai emet Tazdku yachdav. Ki lekach tov natati lachem Torati al ta’azovu.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. Behold, a good doctrine has been given unto you; forsake it not.




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