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Shehecheyanu - Celebrating a Festive Occasion 

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehehchehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for giving us life,
for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Washing Hands

It is customary to remove all jewelry from the hands before washing. Fill a cup of water and pour it over your right hand. (Note: If your dominant hand is your left hand, reverse these instructions.) Next, take the cup in your right hand and pour it over the left hand. This is repeated two or three times. Then say the following blessing before drying your hands. Some do not speak between the hand-washing blessing and the blessing over food.
Blessings for Life's Moments

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al n'tilat yadayim.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe:
You hallow us with Your mitzvot and command us to lift up our hands.

Eating Bread

Blessings for Life's Moments

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Lighting a Yahrzeith (Memorial) Candle

Before lighting a yahrzeit candle, take a moment to bring to mind the relative you are remembering. You might choose to read the following prayer:

O God, grant us the strength as we mourn the loss of ________.
We will always have cherished memories of him/her.
Bless our family with light and peace. May ______'s memory continue to serve as a blessing and an inspiration to all who knew and loved him/her.

Blessings for Life's Moments
Zichrono/zichronah livrachah
His/her memory is a blessing.

Mourner's Kaddish may be recited at this time.

Marking Time with Jewish Blessings

Morning and Bedtime Rituals for Children

in Blessings
From the Union's publications, Wake-Up Rituals: Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Childrenand Jewish Bedtime Ritualsproduced by the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning.UPON WAKINGModeh Ani is the traditional prayer to be said by children. Hold your child…

Blessings for Life's Moments

Shehecheyanu - Celebrating a Festive Occasion Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,…

Blessing the Children: To bless a boy, a girl, or both.

Place your hands on the child's head and say:For a boy:Y'sim-cha Eh-lo-him k'Ephra'im…


The blessing over the breadUncover the challah and say:Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu…

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