Rosh Hashanah Prayers

Rosh Hashanah Prayers


Apples & Honey Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord,
our God, king of the universe
who creates the fruit of the tree. (Amen)
Take a bite of the apple is dipped in honey, then continue with the following:
May it be Your will,
Lord our God and God of our ancestors
that you renew for us a good and sweet year.

 

Shofarot - Blasts of the Shofar

"The whole world trembled at Your Presence,
Creation shook in awe before You, when You, our
King, did reveal Yourself on Mt. Sinai to give to Your
People the Torah and its Commandments, letting
them hear your majestic voice, your holy words out
of flashes of fire. Amid thunder and lightening did
You reveal Yourself to them, amid the sound of the
Shofar did you appear to them."

 

 

The Shehehiyanu on the First Night

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
she-he-che-ya-nu víki-yíma-nu víhi-gi-a-nu lazíman ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us,
and Who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion.

 

Candle Lighting on the Second Night of Rosh Hashanah

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, asher kidshanu bímitzvotav vítzivanu líhadlik ner shel Yom Tov. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who makes us holy with Your mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of the holiday.

 

 

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, a-sher ki-d-sha-nu bímitz-vo-tav vítzi-va-nu líhad-lik ner shel Shab-bat víshel Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe Who makes us holy with Your mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of the Sabbath and the holiday.

 

 

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
she-he-cheyanu víkimanu víhigianu lazíman ha-zeh.


Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us,
and Who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion.

 

Blessing over the Wine

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, borei píri ha-gafen. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

 

There is significant role of Prayers in and heavenly proceedings. Intense and lengthy devotions on Rosh Hashanah vary from those normally uttered on Sabbath with even the familiar prayers containing subtle differences. The particular Rosh Hashanah Prayers book used on Rosh Hashana to lead through the special Rosh Hashanah Prayer service is the Machzor. Repentance by mankind and the God's Judgment forms the part of the main themes of the Prayer Book.

  • On Rosh Hashana, two scrolls are taken out of the ark. On the first day, Beresheet (Genesis) XXI is read by Jews. This portion of Torah tells about the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. According to the Talmud, Sarah gave birth on Rosh Hashana. The Haftarah for the first day of Rosh Hashana is I Samuel 1:1-2:10. This Haftarah tells the story of Hannah, her prayer for offspring, the subsequent birth of her son Samuel, and her prayer of thanksgiving. According to tradition, Hannah's son was conceived on Rosh Hashana.


  • On the second day, Beresheet (Genesis) XXII is read. This portion of Torah tells of the Aqedah where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac. The sounding of the Shofar is connected with the ram sacrificed instead of Isaac. The Haftarah for the second day of Rosh Hashana is Jeremiah 31:1-19. This portion mentions God's remembrance of His People. On Rosh Hashana Eve, it is necessary to mention Godís remembrances to mark this Rosh Hashanah festivity.


  • On both the days, the Maftir is Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:1-6. "And in the seventh month, on the first of the month (Tishrei or Rosh Hashana), there shall be for you a convocation to the Sanctuary; you must not do any service work". This portion goes on to describe the offerings that our ancestors were obligated to make as an expression of compliance to God. Before, during and after prayer services, they to others "Shana Tova V'Chatima Tova" which means "good year and good seal in the Book of Life."


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