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Blessings Over Bread and Wine

 

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Hamotzi (Blessing over bread)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration:

Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz.

Kiddush (Blessing over wine)

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration:

Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech ha-alom bor-ay peri ha-gafen.

Alternate Blessing over Wine

We rejoice in our heritage which has given us the cup of wine as a symbol of our rejoicing.

(Put wine on baby's lips.) We (or baby's sibling) will pass around a cup of wine. Please tell us your hopes for        's future as you sip from the cup.

This cup is the vessel of our hopes. It is filled with the new wine of a life just begun. The sweetness of its taste is the joy         has brought.

-by Len Cherlin

Submitted by Judith Seid

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Hebrew for "blessed are You [,my God]." Introductory words to many Jewish prayers. Hebrew for "brings forth" or "expels," the first unique or identifying word of the blessing over bread ("...brings forth bread from the earth"). Some say this blessing over bread, others recite it as a catch-all before a meal. 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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