Open My Mouth: Getting Ready to Pray

By InterfaithFamily

September, 2012


The Amidah is the central prayer of Jewish worship services. And while many prayers and blessings are said to warm up to it, to stretch and prepare, one final line is said right before the Amidah.

Some synagogues have the custom of singing this line together in English and/or Hebrew, while others leave it to the individual to recite it silently.

A-don-ai s’fa-tai teef-takh u’fee ya-geed t’hee-la-te-kha.

O Lord, open my lips that my mouth may declare Your praise. (A traditional translation.)
Eternal God, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your glory. (An alternative translation.)

Practice on your own with the audio:

And download Before the Amidah (pdf), with the English, Hebrew and transliteration for the blessing.


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