Rosh Hashanah Prayers

 

Rosh Hashanah Prayers

 

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 the first day
  • 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.
Rosh Hashanah Prayers

On the second day
  • 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 God's remembrances to mark this Rosh Hashanah festivity.
Rosh Hashanah Prayers

On both the days
  • 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."
Rosh Hashanah Prayers

Lighting Candles



Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, a-sher ki-d-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-va-nu l'had-lik ner shel Shab-bat v'shel Yom Tov.

Meaning : 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.

 

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 v'ki-y'ma-nu v'hi-gi-a-nu laz'man ha-zeh.


Meaning : 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 b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

Meaning :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.



 

Evening Kiddush for Rosh Hashanah



Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

asher bachar banu mikol am v'rom'manu mikol lashon
who has chosen us from among all people, and exalted us above every tongue

v'kid'shanu b'mitz'votav vatiten lanu Adonai Eloheinu, b'ahavah
and sanctified us with His commandments,and you gave us, Lord our God, with love

with love this day of [Sabbath and this day of]
remembrance, a day of [remembrance of] shofar blowing [with love]

[b'ahavah] mik'ra kodesh zeikher litzi'at mitz'rayim
[with love] a holy convocation, a memorial of the exodus from Egypt

ki vanu vachar'ta v'otanu kidash'ta mikol ha'amim
Indeed, You have chosen us and made us holy from all peoples

ud'var'kha emet v'kayam la'ad
and Your word is true and established for ever.

Barukh atah Adonai melekh al kol ha'aretz
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King over all the world,

m'kadeish [hashabat v]yisra'eil v'yom hazikaron. (Amein)
Who sanctifies [the sabbath] and Israel and the Day of Remembrance. (Amen)

 

Shehecheyanu



Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
she-he-cheyanu v'kimanu v'higianu laz'man ha-zeh.


Meaning : 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.


 

Apples and Honey

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.

 

Prayer for Bread Dipped in Honey



Ye-hi ra-tzon mil-le-fa-ne-chah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu vay-lo-hei a-vo-tei-nu sheh-t'cha-daish a-lei-nu sha-nah toe-vah oo-m'-too-kah.

Meaning : May it be Your will, Adonai our God, and the God of our ancestors, to favor us with a good and a sweet year.

 

Blessing over the Bread



Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam, ha-mo-tzi le-chem min ha-a-retz.

Meaning : Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the land.

 

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."

 

Blessing over the Wine



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

 


Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam
tzur kol haolamim tzaddik b'chol hadorot,
haEil haneeman, haomer v'oseh,
ham'dabeir um'kayeim, shekol d'varav emet vatzedek.

Al haTorah, v'al haavodah, v'al han'viim,
(v'al yom HaShabbat hazeh), v'al Yom HaZikaron hazeh,
shenatata lanu, Adonai Eloheinu,
(lik'dushah v'lim'nuchah), l'chavod ul'tifaret.
Al hakol Adonai Eloheinu, anachnu modim lach, um'var'chim otach.
Yitbarach shimcha b'fi kol chai tamid l'olam vaed.
Baruch atah, Adonai, Melech al kol haaretz,
m'kadeish (HaShabbat v') Yisrael vYom HaZikaron.

 


Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam,
shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu, lazman hazeh.

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


 


Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem:
May those who love you be at peace.
May there be well-being within your walls,
peace in your citadels. For the sake of my kin and my friends,
I pray for your well-being.

 


Praised are you,
Lord our God,
Ruler of the Universe,
who has sanctified us with commandments and has commanded us to wash our hands.

 


Blessed art thou,
Lord our God,
king of the universe,
creator of the fruit of the trees.
May it be your will,
Lord our God and God of our fathers,
that you renew for us a good and sweet year in our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

 


Blessed are You,
Lord our God,
king of the universe,
who sanctifies us with his commandments and commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.

 

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Last Updated: 30th August, 2017