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אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם | Avinu Shebashamayim, an acrostic supplication recited during Seliḥot

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

אָבִ֫ינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַ֫יִם,
שְׁמַע קוֹלֵ֫נוּ וְקַבֵּל תְּפִלָּתֵ֫נוּ בְּרָצוֹן:
Our Parent Who is in heaven,
hear our voice and accept our prayer!

אַל תְּאַבְּדֵ֫נוּ בְּאֹרֶךְ גָּלוּתֵ֫נוּ:
בַּשְֹּרֵ֫נוּ בְּשׂוֹרוֹת טוֹבוֹת:
גְּזֹר עָלֵ֫ינוּ גְּזֵרוֹת טוֹבוֹת:
Let us not disappear in our exile;  
bring us good tidings;  
decree upon us only good;  

דְּרַשְׁנ֫וּךָ הִמָּצֵא לָ֫נוּ:
הֵעָתֵר לָ֫נוּ הַיּוֹם וּבְכָ֯ל יוֹם וָיוֹם בִּתְפִלָּתֵ֫נוּ:
וְנִקְרָא וְאַתָּה תַעֲנֵ֫נוּ:
זָ̊כְרֵ֫נוּ בְּזִכְרוֹן טוֹב מִלְּפָנֶ֫יךָ:
let us find You when we seek;  
respond today and every day to our prayer;  
answer us when we call upon You;  
remember our good;  

חוּס וְרַחֵם עָלֵ֫ינוּ:
טַהֲרֵ֫נוּ מֵעֲווֹנֵ֫ינוּ:
יֶהֱמוּ נָא רַחֲמֶ֫יךָ עָלֵ֫ינוּ:
כְּבֹשׁ אֶת עֲווֺנוֹתֵ֫נוּ:
be compassionate and merciful with us;  
cleanse us of sin;  
be generous with your mercy for us;  
overcome our sins;  

לְחַם אֶת לוֹחֲמֵ֫ינוּ:
מַלֵּא מִשְׁאֲלוֹת לִבֵּ֫נוּ לְטוֹבָה לַעֲבוֹדָתֶ֫ךָ:
נָא חוּסָה כְּרֹב רַחֲמֶ֫יךָ:
סְמֹךְ אֶת נְפִילָתֵ֫נוּ:
tender us our nourishment;  
fulfill those of our desires that are appropriate and consistent with Your activity;  
be compassionate according to the greatness of Your mercy;  
support those of us who have fallen;  

עֲנֵ֫נוּ בְּיוֹם קָ֯רְאֵ֫נוּ:
פְּדֵ֫נוּ מִידֵי כָּ̊ל צָרָה:
צַדְּקֵ֫נוּ בְּמִשְׁפָּטֶ֫יךָ:
קָ֯רְבֵ֫נוּ לַעֲבוֹדָתֶ֫ךָ:
answer on the day when we call;  
rescue us from all trouble;  
find us innocent when You judge;  
bring us close for Your service;  

רְאֵה בְּדֹחַק הַשָּׁעָה:
שִׁית שָׁלוֹם בֵּינֵ֫ינוּ:
תֵּן שָׁלוֹם בָּאָ֫רֶץ:
recognize the emergency at this time;  
install peace among us;  
grant peace to our land.  

וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן
וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן.
May this be the Divine will,
and let us say, “Amen”.

This prayer appears on page 11-14 of Hayyim Obadya’s Seder Akhilat haSimanim for 5781. It is a variant of the prayer, “Eloheinu Shebashamayim,” a supplication read in the sephardic tradition during seliḥot. This version contains twenty-five lines as found in Sefer Selihot haShalem, Hazon Ovadia, p.48-51/. Other variations have fifty or more lines.




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