Lifecycle / Bar and Bat Mitzvah / B Mitzvah Prayers And Blessings

Aliyah Prayer

-Author Unknown

First line: Leader: Baruch et Adonai ham’vorach. Last line: Blessed is the Eternal One, Giver of the Torah…

The Shehecheyanu - Generic Prayer Of Gratitude

-Author Unknown

The Shehecheyanu is a great generic catch all prayer that’s basically saying, “Wow! We are really happy we got to this moment!” Like for example, after we have been working our asses off for months, when the new release of the JewBelong website goes live and doesn’t crash with all the high-fiving, we will say the Shehecheyanu.

First line: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v’key’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh. Amen. Last line: Praised are You, Spirit of the Universe, who keeps us alive, sustains us, and brings us to this moment. Amen…

HaMotzi (Blessing Over The Bread)

-Author Unknown

This blessing is traditionally made over a challah, a sweet braided bread. If you don’t have a challah, use different bread, or even a cracker or pizza crust. Making the blessing is more important than the actual bread.

First line: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz. Amen. Last line: Blessed are You, God, Spirit of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. Amen…

Kiddush (Blessing Over The Wine)

-Author Unknown

The blessing recited over wine or grape juice. Some families just do the first line (up to “Amen”) and others do the full blessing. As always, do whatever feels right to you!

First line: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ree hagafen. Amen. Last line: Blessed are You, God, Spirit of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. Amen…

Torah Passing (Feminine)

-Author Unknown

During this moving ritual, family members and loved ones stand side-by-side and pass the Torah down to the B mitzvah to welcome them into the chain of Jewish tradition. The Torah is typically passed from one generation to the next and ends up in the arms of the child who is having the B mitzvah. And then everyone reaches for a tissue because it was so sweet to watch.

First line: The Torah and our Jewish traditions have been stewarded for thousands of years. Last line: Feel the love that we give you now and draw strength that you will someday pass to those who will come after you. Amen…

Torah Passing (Masculine)

-Author Unknown

During this moving ritual, family members and loved ones stand side-by-side and pass the Torah down to the B mitzvah to welcome them into the chain of Jewish tradition. The Torah is typically passed from one generation to the next and ends up in the arms of the child who is having the B mitzvah. And then everyone reaches for a tissue because it was so sweet to watch.

First line: Rabbi will read as the generations take the Torah and pass it to each other – Grandparents, Parents, Bar Mitzvah. Last line: (Name of Bar Mitzvah here) revere the Torah and cherish its teachings and one day you will have the privilege and honor of handing it down to a new generation…

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