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Rosh Hashanah Blessings

For those looking for a quick, easy reference to guide them through the home Rosh Hashanah ritual blessings, this resource is for you!

Our handy Rosh Hashanah Blessings, in an easy-to-print PDF format, includes the customary prayers said before the erev Rosh Hashanah (first evening of Rosh Hashanah) meal, all in Hebrew and transliteration, with traditional and alternative translations as well.

Not sure how to pronounce the Hebrew? Read along, in transliteration or in Hebrew, and listen to each blessing:

  • When Rosh Hashanah starts on a Friday evening (Shabbat), say this version of the blessing over the candles:

    When Rosh Hashanah starts on any other night of the week, we don't reference Shabbat in the blessing. This version of the blessing over the candles is said:

  • Wine:

  • Holiday:

  • Challah:

  • Apples:


Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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