Blessing over the Children

from Zing Along Shabes by Zing Along Ensemble

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Traditional blessing of the children on Friday night brings together our wish for them to be inspired by their illustrious ancestors, both male and female, as well as a more universal hope that they always feel the light of God’s presence and protection. The second text, a direct quote from the Torah, is set to music by a great Jewish American composer Max Helfman (of Eastern European descent), who distinguished himself both as a master liturgical composer and an inspired teacher of Jewish Youth.

Традиционное благословение детей в ночь на пятницу отражает наше желание вдохновлять детей образами их прославленных предков, как мужчин так и женщин, а также нашу общую надежду, что дети всегда будут ощущать Божественное присутствие и покровительство. Второй текст, цитата из Торы, положен на музыку замечательного Американского Еврейского композитора Макса Хельфмана (выходца из восточной Европы), мастера литургической композиции и учителя еврейской молодежи.


For Girls:
יְשִׂימֵךְ אֱלהיִם כְּשָׂרָה רִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה.
Y'simeich Elohim k'Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v'Leah.
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

For Boys:
יְשִׂימְךָ אֱלהיִם כְּאֶפְרַיְם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה.
Y'simcha Elohim k'Efrayim v'che-Menasheh.
May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

For All Children:
יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
Y'varechecha Adonai V'yish'm'recha.
May God Bless you and guard you.

יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
Ya'er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka.
May the light of God shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.

יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלום
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v'yasem l'cha shalom.
May the presence of God be with you and give you peace.


from Zing Along Shabes, released December 30, 2014
Cantors Maria Dubinsky and Natasha Hirschhorn. Melody by M. Helfman.


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Zing Along Shabes is a companion musical recording to the Zing Along Shabes project, a set of materials to help families foster traditions around celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The project was created by Inna Barmash, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and Irina Sheynfeld. ... more

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