The transliteration itself is uniform, meaning that certain English letters correspond This transliteration is designed to be used on most Shabbat mornings. Before this transition, we created these transliterations to assist those who do not read Ahava Raba · Amidah · Baruch She-Amar · Blessing after the halftorah. The Amidah is the core of every Jewish worship service, and is therefore also referred to as HaTefillah, or “The prayer.” Amidah, which literally means, “ standing.

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With regard to the last three blessings, in the one on Temple worship, the traditional references to sacrificial worship are omitted; instead, a thought on the theme of God’s nearness to all who seek God with sincerity is used.

The traditional liturgy has been revised repeatedly by the Reform movement, in order to shorten the service and omit passages not in line with Reform doctrine. This chanting of the kohanim is called duchaningcoming from the Hebrew word duchanmeaning platform.

It was instituted originally for the benefit of those who were not able to recite the Amidah properly on their own. The Shabbat morning service speaks of God’s command to Israel to keep the Shabbat as set forth in the Ten Commandments. Like the Amidah itself, it should be said while standing with one’s feet together. There are some minor differences between the Sephardi and Ashkenazi texts of Kedushah. Blessing of the Moon. During the Priestly Blessing, the kohanim come to the front of the synagogue.

Another addition is in maariv on Saturday night. In the Ashkenazi tradition, a shorter version of this blessing, starting with the words ” shalom rav ” is said at mincha and maariv. The exact form and order of the blessings were codified after the destruction of the Second Temple in the first century C.


Prayer of Thanks for Good News. It also alludes to the connection between Zion and the messianic hope.

Transliterated Prayers | Congregation Etz Chaim

The blessing of thanksgiving uses the complete tdansliteration, rendered in gender-neutral language. The blessing for justice hashiva shofteinuis also rewritten to express the hope for universal justice instead of the restoration of Israel’s judges.

Instead of beseeching God to rebuild Jerusalem and reestablish the Davidic monarchy, the Reform version is a prayer for the present and continuing welfare of the land and people of Israel. This is done by saying the person’s Hebrew name, then ” ben traneliteration son of or ” bat ” daughter ofand then his or her mother’s name for example, Joseph ben Sarah or Miriam bat Sarah. Traneliteration a result, references to a personal messiah as opposed to a messianic age, resurrection of the dead, restoration of the sacrificial cult, and the existence of angels are all rephrased.

The middle thirteen blessings, however, are said only on weekdays.

Jewish Prayers: The Amidah

Personal requests may be made during any of the blessings, but in the sixteenth blessing specifically, which asks God to hear our prayers, it is appropriate to insert one’s own requests. Prayer of a Physician. In the sixth blessing, for economic prosperity, the phrase “Bless our year like other years” is omitted.

This Amidah, the longest of the year, has a middle section that contains three long blessings. There is a logical basis for amiah order and content of the blessings.


The reason the Amidah is not repeated at maariv is because the Talmud treats maariv as originally having been optional, meaning that it does not have the same level of obligation. The last middle blessing shomea tfila is abridged.

Jewish prayers for Conservative services Translation and transliteration by Pam Coyle

On mincha of fast days, the congregation adds the prayer aneinu answer us as part of the sixteenth blessing, begging God to answer us in our time of trouble. The first blessing is mostly unchanged, except that it includes SarahRebeccaRacheland Leah in addition to AbrahamIsaacand Jacobin keeping with the egalitarian nature of Reform Judaism, and in recognition of the significant contributions of the Matriarchs.

On Hanukah and Purimone adds a paragraph called al hanisim thanking God for miracles and summarizing the story of the holiday into the eighteenth blessing.

Also on holidays, any kohanim descendents of the priestly tribe recite the Priestly Blessing Birkat Kohanim before the last blessing amidaah the chazzan’s repetition of the Amidah.

The only difference between the Amidah of the different services of the day is the final blessing, for peace. Where there is not much space, it has become the practice to take several tiny steps back before taking the three symbolic steps forward. One should face the kohanim and should stand with the head bowed and eyes looking down as a sign of respect and humility. The blessing for Jerusalem is rewritten.