Deuteronomy 11:13-21 : Accepting the Yoke of the Commandments
“And if you will obey my commandments which I command you this day, to love YHWH your God, and to serve with with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you shall eat and be full.
Take heed lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, and the anger of YHWH be kindled against you, and he shut up the heavens, so that there be no rain, and the land yield no fruit, and you perish quickly off the good land which YHWH gives you.
You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes…
And you shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And your shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which YHWH swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
“YHWH said to Moses: ‘Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of YHWH, to do them…
1 Blessed are You, YHWH our God, ruler of the world, who forms light and creates darkness, makes peace and creates everything, illumining the earth and those who dwell there in mercy, in his goodness forever renewing daily the work of creation.
2 How numerous are your works, YHWH!
3 You have made all of them in wisdom.
4 The earth was filled with your creatures.
5 The exalted ruler ever since, lauded, glorified and extolled for days immemorial, God immemorial, in your great mercy have mercy upon us: Lord, acting as our strength; Rock, acting as our protector; Defender, acting as our salvation; Protector, acting on our behalf….
8 Be blessed, YHWH our God, for the excellent work of your hands, and for the glowing lights that You created, they will glorify you.
9 Be blessed, our Rock, our Ruler and Redeemer; Creator of holy beings, your name be praised forever; our Ruler, who formed his servants who all stand high above the world, reverently and with one voice reciting the words of the living God, the eternal Ruler.
10 They are all beloved; they are all pure; they are all might; and they all carry out their Creator’s will with awe and reverence.
11 They all open their mouths with holiness and purity, with poetry and song, and bless, praise, glorify and adore, sanctify and exalt the name of God, great, mighty and awesome ruler, the Holy One.
12 And from each other they all take the rule of the kingdom of heaven upon themselves, and give permission to each other to sanctify their creator.
13 With calm spirit, with pure speech, and with holy melody, they all answer as one, reverently: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
14 The whole earth is full of his glory.”
15 The ofanim and the holy creatures rise dramatically toward the serafim.
16 Before them they praise God: “The glory of YHWH is blessed from this place.”
17 To the blessed God they shall render songs, to the ruler, the living and eternal God, they shall sing hymns and proclaim praise, for He alone is a worker of wonder, a creator of innovation, a master of war, a sower of righteousness, a grower of salvation, a creator of healing, awesome in splendor, a Lord of wonder, in his goodness forever renewing daily the work of creation.
1 True and established and accurate and enduring and right and steadfast and beloved and precious and desirable and pleasant and awesome and mighty and correct and accepted and good and beautiful for us are these words for ever and ever.
2 True it is that the everlasting God is our ruler, the rock of Jacob is our saving shield.
3 From generation to generation He endures, and his name endures, and his decrees are accurate and his reign and faithfulness endure forever, and his words live and endure, steadfast and desirable, forever and to the ends of time, for our ancestors and for us, for our children and for our generations, and for all of the generations of the progeny of Israel, your servants.
4 For the first and for the last, these words are good and enduring for ever and ever, truth and faith, a law that will not pass.
13 You redeemed us from Egypt, YHWH our God, and You set us free from the House of Bondage.
14 You killed all their first-born, and redeemed your first-born, and You parted the Red Sea and drowned the insolent and brought the precious across the water, and the water covered up their foes.
15 Not one of them was left.
16 The beloved lauded and praised God for this, and the precious offered hymns, songs and praises, blessings and thanks to our ruler, the living and eternal God, high and exalted, great and revered, humbling the proud and raising the humble, freeing the captive and redeeming the meek, helping the poor and answering his people when they cry out to him for help.
18 Moses and the children of Israel most joyfully answer You in song, all of them singing: “Who is like You among the gods, YHWH! Who is like You, adorned in holiness, Revered in praise, worker of wonders!”
19 At the seashore the redeemed sang a new song to your name.
20 Together they all gave thanks, exalting You with these words: “YHWH will reign for ever and ever.”
21 Rock of Israel, arise to help Israel, and deliver Judah and Israel, as you promised.
22 Our redeemer, Lord of Hosts is his name, Israel’s holy one.
23 Blessed are You, YHWH, who redeemed Israel.
From: Lawrence A. Hoffman (ed.), My People’s Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries. Volume 1: The Sh’ma and Its Blessings. (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997) 117-119 (alt).
1 Blessed are You, YHWH, our God and our ancestors’ God: Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, and Jacob’s God, great, mighty, and revered God, supreme God, who acts most piously, who is master of everything, who remembers the piety of our ancestors, and who brings a redeemer to their descendants for the sake of his name in love.
1 Bless this year for us along with all its various produce for goodness, YHWH our God, and grant [dew and rain for] blessing upon the surface of the earth, and satisfy us with its goodness and bless our year like the best of years.
1 Show compassion to the righteous, to the pious, to the leaders of your People, the House of Israel, to the remnants of their sages, to righteous converts, and to us, YHWH our God.
2 And give a good reward to all who truly trust in your name, and let our lot be among them forever that we will not be shamed, for we put our trust in You.
3 Blessed are You, YHWH, who is the support and trust of the righteous.
Blessing 14 – Y’rushalayim: “Jerusalem”
1 Return to Jerusalem your city in compassion, and dwell in its midst as You promised You would, and rebuild it soon in our day into an eternal structure, and quickly establish David’s throne within it.
1 We gratefully acknowledge that You are YHWH our God and our ancestors’ God for ever and ever.
2 You are the rock of our lives and the shield of our salvation from generation to generation.
3 We gratefully acknowledge You by rendering your praises, for our lives, which are in your hands, and for our souls, which are entrusted to You, and for your miracles that are with us on each day, and for the wonders and goodness at every time, evening, morning, and afternoon.
4 You are good, for your mercy never ceases.
5 You are merciful, for your kindness never ends.
6 You have always been our hope.
[7 - 10 = The Modim D’rabbanan]
[11 - 16 = Embolism for Chanukah]
[17 – 20 = Embolism for Purim]
21 For all of these your name will be blessed and exalted, our king, forever to the ends of time.
1 Our God and our ancestors’ God, bless us with the threefold blessing in the Torah, written by Moses your servant, and said by Aaron and his sons the priests, your holy people:
2 “May YHWH bless you and keep you.
3 May YHWH shine his face toward you and treat you graciously.
4 May YHWH lift his face toward you and grant you peace.”
5 Grant peace, goodness, and blessing, grace, kindness, and mercy to us and to all of Israel, your People.
6 Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, in the light of your face, for in the light of your face, YHWH our God, You gave us a Torah of life, a love of grace, righteousness, blessing, mercy, life, and peace.
Birkat Hazan (the blessing for providing food), which thanks God for giving food to the world.
Birkat Ha-Aretz (the blessing for the land), which thanks God for bringing His people forth from the land of Egypt, for making His covenant with His people, and for giving the land of Israel as an inheritance.
Birkat Yerushalayim (the blessing for Jerusalem), which prays for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the coming of the Messiah.
Birkat Ha-Tov v'Ha-Maytiv (the blessing for being good and doing good), was added after the destruction of the Temple, although it existed before that time.
Blessed are you, YHWH our God, Sovereign of the universe, who blesses the whole [kol] world with your goodness, with lovingkindness [chesed] and tender mercy [rahamim].
You give food to all [kol] flesh, for your lovingkindness [chesed] endures forever.
Through your great goodness food has never failed us: O may it not fail us forever and ever for your great Name’s sake, since you nourish and sustain all [kol] beings, and go good unto all [kol], and provide food for all [kol] your creatures whom you have created.
Blessed are you, YHWH, who gives food to all [kol].”
For all this, YHWH our God, we thank and bless you.
Blessed be your Name by the mouth of all living continually and forever, even as it is written: “And you shall eat and be satisfied and you shall bless YHWH your God for the good land which he has given you” [Deteronomy 8:10].
Blessed are you, YHWH, for the land and for the food.
Birkat Yerushalayim : “Blessing for Jerusalem”
Have mercy, YHWH our God, upon Israel your people, upon Jerusalem your city, upon Zion the abiding place of your glory, upon the kingdom of the house of David, and upon the great and holy house that was called by your Name.
YHWH our God, our Father, feed us, nourish us, sustain, support and relieve us, and speedily, YHWH our God, grant us relief from all our troubles.
We beseech you, YHWH our God, let us not be in need either of the gifts of mortals or of their loans, but only of your helping hand, which is full, open, holy and ample, so that we may never be put to shame or humiliated.