סדר עבודת הלב שחרית | Seder Avodat Lev Shaḥarit: Service of the Heart by the farmers of the Adamah Fellowship

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מוֹדָה/מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ
רוּחַ חַי וְקַיָּם׃
Modeh/Modah Ani lefanekha
ruaḥ ḥai v’kayam
I am grateful before You
living and enduring spirit.[1]Variation on Shulḥan Arukh ch. 1 by Moshe Ibn Makhir from his Seder ha-Yom (1599)

מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב;
מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל׃
Ma Tovu ohalekha Ya’akov
mishkenotekha Yisrael
How good are your tents Ya’akov,
your dwelling places, Yisrael![2]Bila’am the prophet’s blessing over the Camp of Israel in Numbers 24:5

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לַשֶּׂכְוִי בִינָה
לְהַבְחִין בֵּין יוֹם וּבֵין לָיְלָה׃
 
בְּרוּכַה אַתְּ
יָהּ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
רוּחַ הָעוֹלָם
פּוֹקֵחַ עִוְרִים׃
 
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
שֶׁעָשַׂנִי בְּצַלְמוֹ׃
 
בְּרוּכַה אַתְּ
יָהּ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
רוּחַ הָעוֹלָם
מַלְבִּישׁ עֲרֻמִּים׃
 
בְּרוּכַה אַתְּ
שְׁכִינָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ
מַלְכָּה הָעוֹלָם
מַתִּיר אֲסוּרִים׃
Barukh atah
Adonai Eloheinu
melekh ha’olam
asher natan la’sekhvi vina
l’havḥin beyn yom uveyn layla.
 
Brukha at
Yah Eloheinu
ruaḥ ha’olam
pokeaḥ ivrim.
 
Barukh atah
Adonai Eloheinu
melekh ha’olam
she’asani b’tsalmo.
 
Brukha at
Yah Eloheinu
ruaḥ ha’olam
malbish arumim.
 
Brukha at
Shekhina Eloheinu
malkha ha’olam
mateer asurim.
Blessed are you,
YHVH our g!d,
cosmic majesty,
who gives understanding to the rooster
to distinguish between day and night.
 
Blessed are you,
Yah our g!d,
spirit of the world,
who gives sight to the blind.
 
Blessed are you,
YHVH our g!d,
king of the world,
who created me in the divine image.
 
Blessed are you,
Yah our g!d,
spirit of the world,
who clothes the naked.
 
Blessed are you,
Shekhina our g!ddess,
queen of the world,
who releases the bound.[3]adapted from the Birkhot Hashaḥar, the morning blessings. The blessing “she’asani b’tsalmo” first appeared in the Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book (1932) of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and the United Synagogue of America.

אֱלֹהָי,
נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַֽתָּ בִּי
טְהוֹרָה הִיא׃
Elohai
Neshama shenatata bee,
t’horah hee
God,
the Soul that you have given me
is pure.[4]Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 60b

הַרֵינִי מְקַבֵּל/מְקַבֶּלֶת עָלַי
אֶת מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה (הַבּוֹרֵא):
“וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ”׃
Hareyni Mekabel/et Alai
et mitsvat asei (ha’borei)
v’ahavata l’reyakha kamokha
It is upon me to receive
the connection (of the Creator), obligating me
to “love your fellow as yourself.”[5]Rav Yitzḥak Luria, circa 16th century, on Leviticus 19:18, recorded in Minhagei ha-Arizal–Petura d’Abba, p.3b by R’ Ḥayyim Vital:
קודם שהאדם יסדר תפילתו בבית הכנסת… צריך שיקבל עליו מצוָת ואהבת לרעך כמוך ויכוין לאהוב כל אחד מבני ישראל כנפשו. כי על ידי זה תעלה תפילתו כלולה מכל תפילות ישראל ותוכל לעלות למעלה ולעשות פרי ובפרט אהבת החברים העוסקים בתורה ביחד. צריך כל אחד ואחד לכלול עצמו כאלו הוא אבר אחד מן החברים שלו… ואם יש איזה חבר מהם בצרה צריכים כולם לשתף עצמם בצערו (דרושי השחר א, ע”ב)..
The first attestation of “haborei” (the creator) in place of “asei” (obligatory) may originate in R’ Yekutiel Weiss’s Devash v’Ḥalav (1941) on Mishlei, 4, where he writes, “ויען, שיעקב אבינו עי׳ה עשה מצות הבורא באהבה.”

בָּרוּךְ שֶׁאָמַר
וְהָיָה הָעוֹלָם.
בָּרוּךְ הוּא.
בְּרוּכָה הִיא
וּבָּרוּךְ שֶׁמָהּ׃
Barukh sheˈamar
vehaya haˈolam
barukh hu.
Brukha hee,
u’barukh shemah
Blessed is the One who spoke
and the world came to be.
Blessed is G‽D.
Blessed is G‽D
and blessed is G‽D’s Name.[6]The prayer “barukh sheamar” is first attested by R’ Moshe Gaon, circa 825 C.E. The variation here was amended from R’ Levi Weiman-Kelman’s variation in Kehilat Kol Haneshama’s siddur Ha’Avodah SheBaLev (2007)

אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ,
עוֹד יְהַלְלוּךָ סֶּלָה׃
Ashrei yoshvei veytekha,
od yehallelukha selah
Happy are those who dwell in Your house,
may they always praise You. Selah![7]Psalm 84:5

הַלְלוּ, הַלְלוּ, הַלְלוּ.
כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ הַלְלוּ.
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu,
Kol haneshama tehalel Yah hallelu
 
Let the entire soul praise Yah, y’all![8]Psalms 150:6

עׇזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ
וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה׃
Ozi, v’zimrat Yah,
va’yehee lee leeshuah
My strength and my song is Yah;
Yah has become for me salvation.[9]Shirat haYam, Exodus 15:2

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ
יְיָ אֶחָד׃
Shema Yisrael
Adonai Eloheinu
Adonai Eḥad
Listen up, Israel!
Hashem (YHVH) is our G‽D.
YHVH is one.[10]Deuteronomy 6:4

[בלחש] בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם
כְּבוֺד מַלְכוּתוֺ
לְעוֺלָם וָעֶד׃
[whisper] Barukh Shem
Kavod Malkhuto
l’Olam va’ed
Blessed is the name
of G‽D’s radiant kingdom
in every age.[11]Cf. Mishnah Yoma 3:8

וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְיָ֣ אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ
בְּכׇל־לְבָֽבְךָ֥
וּבְכׇל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖
וּבְכׇל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ:
וְהָי֞וּ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה
אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָֽנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם
עַל־לְבָבֶֽךָ:
וְשִׁנַּנְּתָּ֣ם לְבָנֶ֔יךָ
וְדִבַּרְתָּ֖ בָּ֑ם
בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ֤ בְּבֵיתֶ֨ךָ֙
וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ֣ בַדֶּ֔רֶךְ
וּֽבְשָׁכְבְּךָ֖ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ:
וּקְשַׁרְתָּ֥ם לְא֖וֹת עַל־יָדֶ֑ךָ
וְהָי֥וּ לְטֹֽטָפֹ֖ת בֵּ֥ין עֵינֶֽיךָ:
וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם עַל־מְזֻז֥וֹת
בֵּיתֶ֖ךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ׃
V’ahavta, eyt Adonai Elohekha,
bekhol levav’kha,
u’vekhol naf’shekha,
u’vekhol me’odekha.
V’hayu ha’devarim ha’eyleh
asher anokhi metsavekha hayom
al levavehkha.
V’shinantam l’vanekha
v’dibarta bam,
beshivtekha beveytekha
u’velekhtekha vaderekh
u’veshakhbekha u’vekumekha.
Ukshartam l’ot al yadekha
v’hayu l’totafot beyn eynekha.
Ukhtavtam al mezuzot
beytekha u’visharekha
You shall love Adonai your G‽D
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your being.
Set these words,
which I command you this day,
upon your heart.
Teach them faithfully to your children;
speak of them
in your home
and on your way,
when you lie down and when you rise up.
Bind them as a sign upon your hand;
let them be a symbol before your eyes;
inscribe them on the doorposts
of your house and on your gates.[12]Deuteronomy 6:5-9

אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח
וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶֽךָ׃
Adonai Sfatai Tiftaḥ
ufi yagid t’hilatekha
Adonai, open up my mouth
so that my mouth may speak your praise.[13]Psalms 51:17

עוֹד יָבוֹא שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ.
עוֹד יָבוֹא שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ.
עוֹד יָבוֹא שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כּוּלָם.
שָׂלָם, עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כׇּל הָעוֹלָם, שָׂלָם, שָׂלֳם.

سوف ياتي السلام علينا
سوف ياتي السلام علينا
سوف ياتي السلام علينا و على الكل
سلام علينا و على كل العالم, سلام, سلام
Od yavo shalom aleynu,
od yavo shalom aleynu,
od yavo shalom aleynu v’al kulam.
Salam, aleynu v’al kol ha’olam, Salam, Salam
 
Sawfa Yaati a-Salam Aleyna.
Sawfa Yaati a-Salam Aleyna.
Sawfa Yaati a-Salam Aleyna. Wa alla al-kul
Salam, Aleina Wa alla kuhl al-allam, Salam, Salam
Let there be peace on us.
Let there be peace on us.
Let there be peace on us and the world.
Peace, on us and on the World. Peace, Peace.[14]adapted from Kaddish

עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו
הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ
וְעַל כׇּל יִשְׂרָאֵל
וְעַל כׇּל יִשְׁמָאֵל
וְעַל כׇּל הָעוֹלָם׃
Oseh Shalom bimromav
hu ya’aseh shalom aleynu,
v’al kol Yisrael
v’al kol Yishmael,
v’al kol Ha’olam
Maker of Peace on high,
may You make peace upon us
and all Israel,
and all the people of Ishmael
and all the world.[15]an adaptation from the end of the Amidah and the Full Kaddish

בְּשֵׁם יְיָ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
מִימִינִי מִיכָאֵל
וּמִשְּׂמאלִי גַּבְרִיאֵל
וּמִלְּפָנַי אוֹרִיאֵל
וּמֵאֲחוֹרַי רְפָאֵל
וְעַל ראשִׁי שְׁכִינַת אֵל׃
B’shem Hashem Elohei Yisrael,
Mimini Mikhael,
mismoli Gavriel,
u’milfanai Oriel,
me’aḥorai Refael.
V’al roshi, v’al roshi shekhinat El
In the name of G‽D, god of Yisra-El.
On my right is Mikha-El,
on my left Gavri-El,
in front of me Ori-El,
behind me Refa-El.
Above my head and inside me, is the presence of the Source.[16]From the Bedtime shema, included by Rabbi Simḥah ben Shmuel of Vitry in his Maḥzor Vitry, 10th century. Earliest formulation appears in an amulet (bowl), circa 8th cent. See this article by Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx for more information.

יְהִֽי־שָׁלֹום בְּחֵילֵךְ
שַׁלְוָה בְּאַרְמְנוֺתָֽיִךְ׃
Yehi Shalom b’ḥelek
shalva b’armno’tayikh
Let there be peace with your ramparts,
tranquility within Your fortresses.[17]Psalms 122:7

כְּאַיָּל תַּעֲרֹג עַל אֲפִיקֵי מָיִם
כֵּן נַפְשִׁי תַעֲרֹג אֵלֶיךָ אֱלֹהִים׃
צָמְאָה נַפְשִׁי לֵאלֹהִים
לְאֵל חָי מָתַי אָבוֹא
וְאֵרָאֶה פְּנֵי אֱלֹהִים׃
K’ayal Ta’arog al afikai mayyim
ken nafshee ta’arog eylekha Elohim.
Tsama nafshi l’Elohim
l’El ḥai matai avoh
v’era’eh pnai ha’Elohim
As a gazelle yearns for streaming waters,
so does my soul yearn for you, God.
My soul, it thirsts for G‽D.
 
When will I be seen before G‽D?[18]Psalms 42:2-3, attributed to the children of Koraḥ

לֵב טָהוֹר, בְּרָא־לִי אֱלֹהִים;
וְרוּחַ נָכוֹן, חַדֵּשׁ בְּקִרְבִּי.
אַל־תַּשְׁלִיכֵנִי מִלְּפָנֶיךָ;
וְרוּחַ קָדְשְׁךָ, אַל־תִּקַּח מִמֶּנִּי.
הָשִׁיבָה לִּי, שְׂשׂוֹן יִשְׁעֶךָ;
וְרוּחַ נְדִיבָה תִסְמְכֵנִי.
Lev Tahor b’rah li Elohim.
V’ruaḥ nakhon ḥadesh b’kirbi.
Al tashlikhaynee meelfanekha,
v’ruaḥ kodshekha al tikaḥ meemeni.
Hashiva lee si’son yeesh’ekha
v’ruaḥ nideevah teesmi’khaynee
Create in me a pure heart, God,
and renew a true spirit inside of me.
Don’t cast me away from before you,
and don’t take your holy spirit away from me!
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold a generous spirit in me.[19]Psalms 51:12-14

בֶּן אָדָם מַה לְּךָ נִרְדָּם
קוּם קְרָא בְּתַחֲנוּנִים
בֶּן אָדָם מַה לְּךָ נִרְדָּם
קוּם קְרָא אֵל אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ
Ben Adam mah lekha nirdam?
Koom kera et taḥanoonim.
Ben adam mah lekha nirdam?
Koom kera el elohekha
Child of humanity, why are you asleep?
Awake and pour out your prayers.
Child of humanity, why are you asleep?
Awake and call out to your creator![20]Rav Yehudah Ibn Balaam, 11th century, Seville

We are grateful to the Hazon Adamah Fellowship at Isabella Freedman for sharing the morning prayers for their Avodat Lev (Heart Work) service at the first morning light. I was honored to participate in their minyan when I served as the Hazon Experiential Education Fellow at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in 2013. I helped arrange an earlier version of this songsheet siddur under the supervision of Sarah Chandler in 2011, then assistant director of Adamah. –Aharon N. Varady

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Notes   [ + ]

  1. Variation on Shulḥan Arukh ch. 1 by Moshe Ibn Makhir from his Seder ha-Yom (1599)
  2. Bila’am the prophet’s blessing over the Camp of Israel in Numbers 24:5
  3. adapted from the Birkhot Hashaḥar, the morning blessings. The blessing “she’asani b’tsalmo” first appeared in the Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book (1932) of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and the United Synagogue of America.
  4. Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 60b
  5. Rav Yitzḥak Luria, circa 16th century, on Leviticus 19:18, recorded in Minhagei ha-Arizal–Petura d’Abba, p.3b by R’ Ḥayyim Vital:
קודם שהאדם יסדר תפילתו בבית הכנסת… צריך שיקבל עליו מצוָת ואהבת לרעך כמוך ויכוין לאהוב כל אחד מבני ישראל כנפשו. כי על ידי זה תעלה תפילתו כלולה מכל תפילות ישראל ותוכל לעלות למעלה ולעשות פרי ובפרט אהבת החברים העוסקים בתורה ביחד. צריך כל אחד ואחד לכלול עצמו כאלו הוא אבר אחד מן החברים שלו… ואם יש איזה חבר מהם בצרה צריכים כולם לשתף עצמם בצערו (דרושי השחר א, ע”ב)..
The first attestation of “haborei” (the creator) in place of “asei” (obligatory) may originate in R’ Yekutiel Weiss’s Devash v’Ḥalav (1941) on Mishlei, 4, where he writes, “ויען, שיעקב אבינו עי׳ה עשה מצות הבורא באהבה.”
  6. The prayer “barukh sheamar” is first attested by R’ Moshe Gaon, circa 825 C.E. The variation here was amended from R’ Levi Weiman-Kelman’s variation in Kehilat Kol Haneshama’s siddur Ha’Avodah SheBaLev (2007)
  7. Psalm 84:5
  8. Psalms 150:6
  9. Shirat haYam, Exodus 15:2
  10. Deuteronomy 6:4
  11. Cf. Mishnah Yoma 3:8
  12. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
  13. Psalms 51:17
  14. adapted from Kaddish
  15. an adaptation from the end of the Amidah and the Full Kaddish
  16. From the Bedtime shema, included by Rabbi Simḥah ben Shmuel of Vitry in his Maḥzor Vitry, 10th century. Earliest formulation appears in an amulet (bowl), circa 8th cent. See this article by Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx for more information.
  17. Psalms 122:7
  18. Psalms 42:2-3, attributed to the children of Koraḥ
  19. Psalms 51:12-14
  20. Rav Yehudah Ibn Balaam, 11th century, Seville

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