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Common Hebrew Blessings - Berachot

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Psalm 145:1

Daily Hebrew Berachot

Jewish tradition requires that we personally bless the LORD for each detail of our daily experience. Such a requirement -- if not practiced legalistically -- surely points to a deep inward appreciation for the good things God personally provides for us throughout each day. These sample Hebrew blessings vocalize our gratitude to God for His daily provision and care:

Upon Arising
Asher Yatzar Blessing
When Bathing
Blessing for Salvation
Offering Praise
Getting your Focus
Setting your Attitude
Fighting against Evil
Wearing Tzitzit
Wearing Tefillin
Morning Blessing
When Eating Bread
When Drinking Wine
General Blessing over Food

Weekday Morning Blessings
When Smelling Spices
When Smelling Fruit
When Eating Fruit
When Eating Vegetables
When Eating Grain products
Grace after Meals
Before Torah Study
After Torah Study
For Bearing our Burdens
For Meeting our Needs
Affirming God's Sovereignty
Evening Blessing
Bedtime Blessings

Related:
Daily Prayer
Birchot HaShachar

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Blessing for our Burdens

God's Sovereignty


Messianic Berachot 

Messianic blessings are recited in Hebrew with the intent of remaining true to the Jewish identity of Yeshua as the Mashiach of Israel and Savior of the world. Often these blessings are found in various Messianic Siddurim (prayer books), though (unlike traditional Judaism) there is no consensus on each individual blessing's content. Nonethess, reciting these blessings with the appropriate kavannah (intention) can often help express the heart of those who identify themselves as Jewish believers in Jesus.

Blessing for Salvation
For the New Covenant
General Thanksgiving
For Bearing our Burdens
Blessing over Bread
Blessing over Wine

Blessing over Candles
Resurrection Blessing
Blessing for Jerusalem
Spiritual Blessings in Messiah
Blessing for the Festivals
Blessing for Forgiveness

Related:
The Lord's Prayer


Shabbat Berachot

Shabbat begins at sunset on Friday evening and ends Saturday night when three stars are visible in the sky. On Shabbat Jews remember that God created the world and then rested from His labors. Shabbat is considered the most important of the Jewish holidays -- even more important than Yom Kippur or the other High Holidays. This is a special day to be marked by three qualities: rest (menuchah), holiness (kedushah), and joy (oneg).

Online Shabbat Seder
Mah Tovu
Welcoming Shabbat
Shalom Aleichem
Offering Tzedakah
Candle Lighting
Blessing your wife

Blessing the Children
Friday Night Kiddush
Netilat Yadayim
Blessing over the Challah
Birkat HaMazon
Havdalah Ceremony
Blessing for Jerusalem

Related:

Online Shabbat Seder PDF

Shalom Aleichem


Shabbat Services


Synagogue Berachot

Of course Hebrew blessings are also recited as part of synagogue services. These blessings are embedded within the normal synagogue liturgy, and many are part of the Hebrew prayer services (Shacarit, Minchah, and Ma'ariv services).

Entering Synagogue
Wearing a Tallit
Putting on Tefillin
Birchot HaShachar
The Barekhu
The Shema
Torah Reading Blessings
Haftarah Reading Blessings
Brit Chadashah Blessings

Ein Keloheinu (new)
Full Kaddish (kaddish shalem)
Half Kaddish (Chatzi Kaddish)
Blessing for Jerusalem
Priestly Blessing
Upon Leaving Services

TheMourner's Kaddish

Related:
The Siddur
The Synagogue
Prayer Services
Torah Service
The Amidah
 


Holiday Berachot

There are some additional Hebrew blessings said to mark the Jewish holidays:

General Holiday blessing
Rosh Chodesh Blessings
Rosh Hashanah Blessings
Yom Kippur Blessings
Purim Blessings
Blessing for the Festivals

Passover Blessings
Shavuot Blessings
Sukkot Blessings
Chanukah Blessings
Blessing for Jerusalem

Related:
Jewish Holidays

Rosh Chodesh Blessings
Purim Blessings
Passover Blessings


Miscellaneous Berachot

There are many other blessings prescribed by Jewish tradition to help us remember the goodness of God and to practice our gratitude before Him. Some of these are spontaneously uttered praises to God for evidence of His daily care; some of these are special words said on special occasions; and some are more formalized cadences uttered for ritualistic observances:

For Special Occasions
Home Dedication
(mezuzah)
Wedding Blessings
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Traveler's Blessing
For Healing
For Giving Strength
For Giving Wisdom
For Meeting Needs
Seeing Natural Wonders
Hearing Thunder
Seeing a Rainbow
Beholding Natural Beauty
Upon Hearing Good News
Upon hearing Bad News
For being an Israelite
For being made free

For self-acceptance
For seeing the ocean
For the Gift of Sight
When Anointing with Oil
Experiencing a Miracle
Experiencing Deliverance
Upon Seeing a King
Birth and B'rit Millah
For Pidyon Haben
For the Hebrew Letters
Recovering from Illness
For seeing a Torah sage
For seeing a renowned Scholar
For the State of Israel
For the Earth

Mezuzah and Case

State of Israel

Seeing a King

Anointing with oil

Hebrew Letters

Psalm 145:1

Biblical Berachot 

Some berachot come directly from the pages of the Scriptures themselves, including many from Tehillim (Psalms). Some of these blessings have become embedded in various Jewish siddurim.

The following list is not exhaustive, but is provided with the hope that you will practice your Hebrew reading and pronunciation while studying some great blessings mentioned in the Word of God.  Click the links to view the Hebrew text (with grammatical notes), read the English transliteration, and listen to the Hebrew audio:

Psalm 5:13
Psalm 16:7
Psalm 28:6
Psalm 29:11
Psalm 31:21
Psalm 34:2
Psalm 41:13
Psalm 66:20
Psalm 66:8
Psalm 67:1
Psalm 68:19
Psalm 68:35
Psalm 72:18-19
Psalm 89:52
Psalm 95:6
Psalm 96:2
Psalm 100:4
Psalm 103:1-2; 20-22
Psalm 104:1
Psalm 106:48
Psalm 113:2
Psalm 115:13, 18

Psalm 118:26
Psalm 119:12
Psalm 124:6
Psalm 128:5
Psalm 129:8
Psalm 134:1-3
Psalm 135:19-21
Psalm 144:1
Psalm 145:1-2
Psalm 145:10
Genesis 2:3
Genesis 9:1
Genesis 9:26
Genesis 14:19-20
Exodus 18:10
Numbers 24:9
Ruth 4:14
1 Kings 8:56
1 Chronicles 16:36
1 Chronicles 29:10
Isaiah 19:25
Jeremiah 17:7

 

Ezekiel 3:12
Matthew 5:3-11
Matthew 11:6
Matthew 13:16
Luke 1:45-8
2 Corinthians 1:3
Ephesians 1:3
James 1:12
1 Peter 1:3
Revelation 16:15
Revelation 19:9
Revelation 20:6
Revelation 22:14

More to come, IY"H

Hebrew Blessing Study Cards 

I am beginning to develop 3x5 Hebrew Blessing Study Cards you can download for further study and review. Click here for a list of available cards.

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