tagged: English vernacular prayer

 

Thanksgiving Day Prayer, by Rabbi Max Klein (1954)

A prayer of gratitude to be recited on Thanksgiving Day (or the Shabbat prior). . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 25 May 2020

Invocation for a virtual Memorial Day ceremony at the Washington DC Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. . . .

רִבּוֹן הָעוֹלָמִים | Ribon HaOlamim, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer Ribon haOlamim for a shame resilience practice. . . .

בִּרְכוֹת הַתּוֹרָה | Birkhot haTorah, paraliturgical reflections by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection on the blessings over learning Torah, the Birkhot haTorah, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

אֱלֹהַי נְשָׁמָה | Elohai Neshamah, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection on the prayer over being animated with life sustaining breath, Elohai Neshamah, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

אֲשֶׁר יָצַר | Asher Yatsar, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection on the prayer following urination and defecation, Asher Yatsar, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

ברכות השחר | Birkhot haShaḥar (Morning Blessings), paraliturgical reflections by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Paraliturgical reflections of the morning blessings for a shame resilience practice. . . .

מַה־טֹּבוּ | Mah Tovu, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer for entering sacred communal spaces, Mah Tovu, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

Prayer For Israelites Lost in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, by Rabbi Sholomo Ben Levy

A prayer created to fill a void left by omitting the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the litany of persecutions that Jews have suffered over the centuries. This prayer acknowledges Jews of African descent whose ancestors were enslaved and prayers for their return. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Seth Frisch on 5 February 2020

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5 February 2020. . . .

תפילה בתגובה למגפה | A Prayer in Response to the Coronavirus, by Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz (Valley Beit Midrash 2020)

A prayer offered in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, by Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz (Valley Beit Midrash) . . .

Prayer Amid the Pandemic, by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom 2020)

A prayer from the Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. . . .

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A blessing for announcing the new moon of Nisan, for Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan, and for the whole month. . . .

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Adar, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A blessing for announcing the new moon of Adar, for Rosh Ḥodesh Adar, and for the whole month. . . .

Prayer for Workers in a Time of Pandemic, by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (New England Jewish Labor Committee 2020)

A prayer for workers and worker needs amid the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. . . .

סידור תהילת ה׳ ידבר פי | Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yedaber Pi, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2009)

If you are not used to reading Hebrew with comprehension and with the ability to dilate the Hebrew from the literal meaning, or if you cannot read Hebrew and need a resource for daily davvenen, I offer you this set of texts, which I, too, use frequently for myself. I translated the Psalms and the liturgy in the way in which I experience them in my feeling consciousness. This does not offer the ‘pshat’, the literal meaning of the words, but the devotional interpretation that can make it a prayer of the heart. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Romi Cohn on 29 January 2020

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 January 2020. . . .

If I Let It: A Kavvanah for Kabbalat Shabbat, by Trisha Arlin

Shabbat happens, If I let it. . . .

סידור תהילת ה׳ ידבר פי לקוטי תפילה לשבת | Shabbat Supplement to Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2009)

A sabbath Supplement to Reb Zalman’s Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi ~ As I Can Say It (for Praying in the Vernacular) (2009). . . .

מודה אני | Modeh Ani by Moshe ibn Makhir (interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)

Modeh Ani, in Hebrew with English translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. . . .

[Prayer on] the Birthday of the United Nations, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes

A prayer for United Nations Day, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Barry Block on 10 January 2020

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 10 January 2020. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 30 December 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 30 December 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 26 December 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 26 December 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 29 November 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 November 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Steven Abraham on 20 November 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 November 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Evan Hoffman on 29 October 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 October 2019. . . .

“Prayer Song,” by Stephen Hanan Kaplan from David Dances, a play (1975)

David Dancing (Richard McBee 1998)

A prayer written for the play David Dances (1997) by playwright Stephen Mo Hanan. . . .

[Prayer for] Little League [Baseball], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer for American democracy as enshrined in Little League Baseball. . . .

[Prayer for] Rebirth, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer anticipating the spring as a metaphor for liberation, mental wellness, and spiritual rebirth. . . .

[Prayer] in Spring, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer “in spring” that uses the metaphor of mining for seeking out the goodness in one’s fellow. . . .

[Prayer] in Illness, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (ca. 1950s)

A prayer to provide some relief and comfort tor an ill patient. . . .

Viddui for Coronavirus, by Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner (2020)

A Viddui written for Jews who are losing a beloved to a plague, and who may not be able to be physically present or close to their loved one. . . .

מודה אני | Modah/Modeh Ani, by Moshe ibn Makhir (translation by Andrew Shaw)

Thankful am I in your Presence, Spirit who lives and endures, for You’ve returned to me my soul with compassion. Abundant is your faith! . . .

Prayer on Entering a New Habitation, by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate (1855)

A prayer on entering a new habitation or dedication for a new home by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Gershon Avtzon on 25 July 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 July 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Mark Getman on 24 July 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 24 July 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz on 4 June 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 June 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Bruce Lustig on 16 May 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 16 May 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan on 12 March 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 12 March 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 6 February 2019

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 6 February 2019. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 20 November 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 November 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hannah Spiro on 24 September 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 24 September 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Mark Schiftan on 20 June 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 20 June 2018. . . .

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Shevat, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A blessing for announcing the new moon of Shevat, for Rosh Ḥodesh Shevat, and for the whole month. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Steven I. Rein on 12 June 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 12 June 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Aaron Krupnick on 6 June 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 6 June 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hannah Spiro on 29 May 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 May 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shlomo Segal on 25 April 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 April 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Mara Nathan on 19 January 2018

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 19 January 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner on 24 October 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 24 October 2017. . . .

May Wars Cease, a hymn by Rabbi Max Klein (1926)

A hymn for the end of war by Rabbi Max D. Klein. . . .

Prayer of Parents for Son or Daughter in the Armed Forces, by Rabbi Max Klein (1951)

A prayer offered for parents praying for the safety and welfare of their adult children entering the armed forces. . . .

Armistice Day Prayer, by Rabbi Hyman Solomon (after World War I, circa 1920s)

A prayer written for Armistice Day after the first World War. . . .

[Prayer for a] Nurses’ Commencement, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

A prayer for a Nurse’s Commencement ceremony at Beth Israel Hospital on 19 September 1951. . . .

Techinah-Book, by Rabbi Simon Glazer (1930)

A collection of teḥinot, in English, edited by Rabbi Simon Glazer. . . .

לקוטי תפלות | Liḳutei Tefilot: Pulpit and Public Prayers, compiled and edited by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak (1927)

A collection of dedicatory and circumstantial prayers by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak and other rabbis. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 1 September 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 1 September 2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 18 August 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 August 2017 . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Gary Klein on 27 June 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 27 June2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Hershel Lutch on 21 June 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 21 June2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim on 17 May 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 17 May 2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Richard Boruch Rabinowitz on 3 May 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 3 May 2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Sanford Akselrad on 28 March 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 28 March 2017. . . .

A Kavvanah for Waking Up, by Andrew Shaw

An original liturgical poem inspired by the Modah|Modeh Ani prayer. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Barry Block on 31 January 2017

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 31 January 2017. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shea Hecht on 30 November 2016

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 30 November 2016. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff on 18 July 2016

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 18 July 2016. . . .

Al HaNisim: For the Banners, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

An interpretive version of Al HaNisim for Ḥanukkah that is playful, powerful, and embodied. May it fuel our activism, including the self-care and community-building that is part of activism. . . .

Gratitude Prayer, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor on the first anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life massacre

A prayer on the first anniversary of the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh. . . .

“That America’s Heroes Shall Not Have Died in Vain” and a special El Malé Raḥamim prayer for Memorial Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

A service and prayer for Memorial Day in the United States, containing a variation of El Malé Raḥamim, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Jay Weinstein on 17 May 2016

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 17 May 2016. . . .

Seven Hoshanot for Creation, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

A litany of hoshanot for use in a ritual prayer circle march on the festival of Sukkot. . . .

A Hoshana for Our Planet, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

A litany of hoshanot for use in a ritual prayer circle march on the festival of Sukkot. . . .

Hoshanot Liturgy for the Climate Crisis, adapted by R’ Ezra Weinberg from the words of Greta Thunberg

The words of Greta Thunberg adapted for a prayer for intervention in the antroppgenic climate crisis, for a Honshana ritual for Sukkot. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi John Linder on 22 March 2016

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 22 March 2016. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Yosef Greenberg on 3 February 2016

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 3 February 2016. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Claudio Kogan on 10 June 2015

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 10 June 2015. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Harold Kravitz on 9 June 2015

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. Senate on 9 June 2015. . . .

Hymns and Anthems Adapted for Jewish Worship, by Rabbi Dr. Gustav Gottheil (1886)

The first Jewish hymn-book printed in America; containing not only traditional Jewish hymns, but also others of Christian origin (“adapted for Jewish worship”), and upon it was based the Union Hymnal, which was subsequently adopted by Reform congregations in the United States. . . .

A Mini-Seliḥot, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

One small request to accompany the seliḥot service. . . .

A Kavvanah on Praying, Singing, and Listening to Torah Readings, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1942)

A prayer on praying, singing, and Torah learning by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. . . .

A Prayer for Israel, by Rabbi Nahum Waldman z”l (2004)

This prayer for Israel was written by Rabbi Naḥum Waldman (1931-2004) for T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. T’ruah works to ensure that Israel remains a safe and secure home for Jews and a place that lives up to the ideal stated in the State of Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence that Israel “will foster the development of the country for all of its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” . . .

A Prayer for Kavvanah, by Amanda Rush

Hashem, as I open my Siddur, let me pray with proper kavanah. Let me pray with sincerity, paying careful attention to every word I utter. Hashem, let me concentrate with my whole being on the meaning of each and every word, sentence and prayer. Keep my mind from wandering to other subjects, and keep me from neglecting to put my heart and soul in to each and every prayer, praise and blessing. May my prayer come before You, O Hashem, at a time of grace, and may it be accepted favorably by You. Amen. . . .

הַל״ב מִצְוֺת הַתְלוּיוֹת בַּלֵּב | Thirty-two Mitsvot One Can Do With Consciousness Alone, by Reb Ahrele Roth (trans. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Hillel Goelman)

Reb Ahrele Roth, a”h, wrote a list of 32 mitsvot whose fulfillment is completed in the brain, the heart and the mouth. (The Hebrew alphabetical equivalent of 32 is ל”ב, the letters of which spell the Hebrew word LEV for Heart.) . . .

Inauguration Day Prayer for President Harry S. Truman by Rabbi Samuel Thurman (1949)

This prayer by Rabbi Samuel Thurman, of the United Hebrew Temple (St. Louis, Missouri), was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record for January 20, 1949. . . .

A Prayer before Candle-lighting, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester

Please God Let me light More than flame tonight. More than wax and wick and sliver stick of wood. More than shallow stream of words recited from a pocket book. . . .

Inauguration Day Prayer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver (1953)

This prayer by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, of Cleveland, Ohio, was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record for January 20, 1953. . . .

A Blessing for the Sudden Relief from Chronic Pain, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor first shared this prayer in the Open Siddur Project discussion group on Facebook, here. . . .

A Prayer for Justice, Blessing, and Praise on Shabbat Shoftim, by Virginia Spatz

“Does joy come in the morning, where weeping has not tarried for the night? Can we dance together, if we have not yet joined in lament?” This prayer is a kavanah for the morning blessings, using language and images from the prayer “Mah Tovu” [how lovely are your tents] commonly recited in the early morning blessings. Offered with special intention for the healing of Congress Heights, Capitol View, and other neighborhoods in Washington, DC, rocked by persistent violence. . . .

A Blessing for the Bugs on the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals, Rosh Hashana La-Behemah, by Trisha Arlin

I have come to see That we are not the only creatures who are B’tzelem Elohim, We are all in God’s image. So today, on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul, On the New Year of the Domesticated Beasts, Let’s give thanks to the bugs Like the four questioning children Wise and snarky and simple and oblivious, Like the four worlds of the kabbala The earth, the sky, the heart and the spirit We give thanks and acknowledge The bugs we have domesticated The bugs who serve us in their wild state The bugs that hurt us or gross us out And the bugs who live only for themselves, without any reference to us. . . .

Between the Fires: A Kavvanah for Lighting Candles of Commitment, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center)

“Between the Fires: A Prayer for lighting Candles of Commitment” was composed by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, drawing on traditional midrash about the danger of a Flood of Fire, and the passage from Malachi. . . .

Inauguration Day Prayer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein (1957)

This prayer at the second inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chancellor, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record for January 20, 1957. . . .

Inauguration Day Benediction for President John F. Kennedy by Rabbi Dr. Nelson Glueck (1961)

This benediction for President John F. Kennedy by Rabbi Dr. Nelson Glueck, was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record on January 20, 1961. . . .

Inauguration Day Prayer for President Lyndon B. Johnson by Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel (1965)

This prayer by Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel, Congregation Beth Israel (Houston, Texas), was recorded in the United States’ Congressional Record on January 20, 1965. . . .

עמידה | Weekday Affirmations Based on the Amidah, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2009)

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included these Weekday Affirmations based on the Amidah, in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Kislev, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A poem-blessing for the Hebrew month of Kislev, suitable for Birkat HaḤodesh, Rosh Ḥodesh Kislev, and the whole month. . . .

A Prayer for Compassion During Violent Conflict, by Trisha Arlin

We pray for those of us Who are so angry That we have lost compassion for the suffering Of anyone who is not a member of our group. And we pray for those of us Who cannot see the suffering Behind the loss of that compassion. We pray for the strength To resist the urge to inhumanity That we feel in times of fear and mourning. We pray for the courage To resist the calls to inhumanity That others may make upon us in times of crisis. . . .

Needed Prophets for Our Day, a prayer-poem by Mordecai Kaplan (1942) adapted from “The Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838)

This prayer by Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, first penned in his diary for 23 August 1942, was first published in The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan, by Mel Scult (1990). Although the prayer was not included in Kaplan’s Sabbath Prayer Book (New York: The Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, 1945), it was added to the loose-leaf prayerbook he kept at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism synagogue. . . .

Prayer for Sustenance (Parnasah), by Rabbi Simon Glazer (1930)

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Lord of the universe! Thou in Thy infinite wisdom didst make provision for every living creature, both small and big, and Thou causest Thy blessing to fall upon the earth in rain and in dew to sate the hungry, and to give them the comfort which they . . .


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