The Shema and 

Its Blessings

Weekday Shacharit, The Shema

ואומר שליח צבור

The Chazzan says:

בָּרְ֒כוּ אֶת יְהֹוָה הַמְּ֒בֹרָךְ

Bless YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה) WHO is blessed.

ועונין הקהל

The Congregation responds and the Chazzan repeats:

בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה הַמְּ֒בֹרָךְ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד

Blessed is YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה), WHO is blessed forever and ever.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם יוֹצֵר אוֹר וּבוֹרֵא חֽשֶׁךְ עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם וּבוֹרֵא אֶת הַכֹּל

Blessed are YOU, YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה) our GOD, KING of the Universe, FORMER of light, CREATOR of darkness, MAKER of peace, CREATOR of all things.

הַמֵּאִיר לָאָֽרֶץ וְלַדָּרִים עָלֶֽיהָ בְּרַחֲמִים, וּבְטוּבוֹ מְחַדֵּשׁ בְּכָל יוֹם תָּמִיד מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית: מָה־רַבּוּ מַעֲשֶֽׂיךָ יְהֹוָה, כֻּלָּם בְּחָכְמָה עָשִֽׂיתָ, מָלְ֒אָה הָאָֽרֶץ קִנְיָנֶֽךָ: הַמֶּֽלֶךְ הַמְּ֒רוֹמָם לְבַדּוֹ מֵאָז, הַמְּ֒שֻׁבָּח וְהַמְּ֒פֹאָר וְהַמִּתְנַשֵּׂא מִימוֹת עוֹלָם: אֱלֹהֵי עוֹלָם בְּרַחֲמֶֽיךָ הָרַבִּים רַחֵם עָלֵֽינוּ אֲדוֹן עֻזֵּֽנוּ צוּר מִשְׂגַּבֵּֽנוּ מָגֵן יִשְׁעֵֽנוּ מִשְׂגָּב בַּעֲדֵֽנוּ: אֵל בָּרוּךְ גְּדוֹל דֵּעָה, הֵכִין וּפָעַל זָהֳרֵי חַמָּה, טוֹב יָצַר כָּבוֹד לִשְׁמוֹ, מְאוֹרוֹת נָתַן סְבִיבוֹת עֻזּוֹ, פִּנּוֹת צְבָאָיו קְדוֹשִׁים רוֹמְ֒מֵי שַׁדַּי, תָּמִיד מְסַפְּ֒רִים כְּבוֹד אֵל וּקְ֒דֻשָּׁתוֹ: תִּתְבָּרֵךְ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ בַּשָּׁמַֽיִם מִמַּֽעַל וְעַל הַאָֽרֶץ מִתָּֽחַת עַל כָּל שֶֽׁבַח מַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶֽיךָ וְעַל מְאֽוֹרֵי אוֹר שֶׁעָשִֽׂיתָ הֵֽמָּה יְפָאֲרֽוּךָ סֶּֽלָה

HE illuminates the earth [and provides light] for those who dwell on it with compassion; and in HIS goodness renews every day, continually, the work of creation. How many are YOUR works, YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה); YOU made them all with wisdom, the earth is full of YOUR possessions. The KING WHO alone is exalted from then, WHO is praised and glorified and uplifted, from the beginning of time. ETERNAL GOD, in YOUR abundant mercy, have compassion on us, MASTER, WHO is our strength, Rock, WHO is our stronghold, Shield of our deliverance, [Be] a stronghold for us. The blessed ALMIGHTY, great in knowledge, prepared and made the rays of the sun. [The] Good [ONE] created [everything] for the glory of HIS Name: the luminaries HE set around HIS strength (HIS throne). The chiefs of HIS hosts are holy beings, the exalters of Shaddai continually recount the glory of the ALMIGHTY and HIS holiness. Be Blessed, YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה), our GOD, in the heavens above and on earth below for the excellent works of YOUR hands, and for the light-giving luminaries which YOU formed; they will glorify YOU forever.

תִּתְבָּרֵךְ לָנֶצַח צוּרֵֽנוּ מַלְכֵּֽנוּ וְגוֹאֲלֵֽנוּ, בּוֹרֵא קְדוֹשִׁים יִשְׁתַּבַּח שִׁמְךָ לָעַד מַלְכֵּֽנוּ, יוֹצֵר מְשָׁרְ֒תִים, וַאֲשֶׁר מְשָׁרְ֒תָיו כֻּלָּם עוֹמְ֒דִים בְּרוּם עוֹלָם וּמַשְׁמִיעִים בְּיִרְאָה יַֽחַד בְּקוֹל דִּבְרֵי אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים וּמֶֽלֶךְ עוֹלָם: כֻּלָם אֲהוּבִים כֻּלָּם בְּרוּרִים כֻּלָּם גִּבּוֹרִים כֻּלָּם קְדוֹשִׁים וְכֻלָּם עֹשִׂים בְּאֵימָה וּבְיִרְאָה רְצוֹן קוֹנָם: וְכֻלָּם פּוֹתְ֒חִים אֶת פִּיהֶם בִּקְדֻשָּׁה וּבְטָהֳרָה בְּשִׁירָה וּבְזִמְרָה וּמְבָרְ֒כִין וּמְשַׁבְּ֒חִין וּמְפָאֲרִין וּמַעֲרִיצִין וּמַקְדִּישִׁין וּמַמְלִיכִין

Be blessed eternally our FORMER, our KING, and our REDEEMER—CREATOR of holy beings. Praised be YOUR Name forever, our KING, WHO forms ministering angels; and WHOSE ministering angels all stand at the height of the Universe, and proclaim with reverence, in unison aloud the words of the living ELOHIM, KING of the Universe. All of them are beloved, all of them are pure, all of them are mighty; all are holy and all of them perform with awe and reverence the will of their POSSESSOR. And they all open their mouths in holiness and purity, with song and music, and they bless, and praise, and glorify, and revere, and sanctify, and proclaim the sovereignty of—

אֶת שֵׁם הָאֵל הַמֶּֽלֶךְ הַגָּדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר וְהַנּוֹרָא קָדוֹשׁ הוּא: וְכֻלָּם מְקַבְּ֒לִים עֲלֵיהֶם עֹל מַלְכוּת שָׁמַֽיִם זֶה מִזֶּה, וְנוֹתְ֒נִים בְּאַהֲבָה רְשׁוּת זֶה לָזֶה לְהַקְדִּישׁ לְיוֹצְ֒רָם בְּנַֽחַת רֽוּחַ בְּשָׂפָה בְרוּרָה וּבִנְעִימָה, קְדֻשָּׁה כֻּלָּם כְּאֶחָד עוֹנִים בְּאֵימָה וְאוֹמְ֒רִים בְּיִרְאָה

The Name of the ALMIGHTY, the KING, the GREAT, the MIGHTY, the Awesome ONE; holy is HE. And they all take upon themselves the yoke sovereignty one from the other, and lovingly give leave to one another to sanctify their FORMER in a spirit of serenity with clear speech and pleasantness, all exclaim Kedushah in unison, with awe, and reverently exclaim:

קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ, קָדוֹשׁ יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת. מְלֹא כָל־הָאָֽרֶץ כְּבוֹדוֹ

Holy, holy, holy is YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה) of Hosts, the fullness of all the earth is HIS glory.

ויאמר בלחש

The following line is to be said silently

בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד

Blessed [is HIS] Name, WHOSE glorious kingdom is forever and ever.

וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ בְּכָל֯־לְ֯בָבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ: וְהָיוּ הַדְּ֒בָרִים הָאֵֽלֶּה אֲשֶׁר֯ אָ֯נֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם עַל֯־לְ֯בָבֶֽךָ: וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶֽיךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּ֒ךָ בְּבֵיתֶֽךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּ֒ךָ בַדֶּֽרֶךְ וּבְשָׁכְבְּ֒ךָ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ: וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת עַל֯־יָ֯דֶֽךָ וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶֽיךָ: וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל־מְזֻזוֹת בֵּיתֶֽךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ

And you shall love YEHOVAH your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your possessions (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). And these words which I command you today, shall be upon your heart. And you shall teach them sharply to your children. And you shall discuss them when you sit in your house, and when you travel on the road, and when you lie down and when you rise. And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for totafot between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gateways.

אַתָּה הוּא עַד שֶׁלֹּא נִבְרָא הָעוֹלָם, אַתָּה הוּא מִשֶּׁנִּבְרָא הָעוֹלָם, אַתָּה הוּא בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְאַתָּה הוּא לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא, קַדֵּשׁ אֶת שִׁמְךָ עַל מַקְדִּישֵׁי שְׁמֶֽךָ וְקַדֵּשׁ אֶת שִׁמְךָ בְּעֺלָמֶֽךָ, וּבִישׁוּעָתְ֒ךָ תָּרוּם וְתַגְבִּֽיהַּ קַרְנֵֽנוּ לְמַֽעְלָה, וְהוֹשִׁיעֵֽנוּ בְּקָרוֹב לְמַֽעַן שְׁמֶֽךָ. בָּרוּךְ הַמְקַדֵּשׁ שְׁמוֹ בָּרַבִּים

YOU existed before the world was created. YOU exist [in the same way] now that the world has been created. YOU exist in this world, and YOU will exist in the World-to-Come. Sanctify YOUR Name upon those who hallow YOUR Name, and sanctify YOUR Name in YOUR world. And through YOUR deliverance YOU will be exalted and YOU will uplift our power, and deliver us speedily for the sake of YOUR Name. Blessed is HE who sanctifies HIS Name among the multitudes.

אַתָּה הוּא יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ בַּשָּׁמַֽיִם וּבָאָֽרֶץ וּבִשְׁמֵי הַשָּׁמַֽיִם הָעֶלְיוֹנִים, אֱמֶת אַתָּה הוּא רִאשׁוֹן וְאַתָּה הוּא אַחֲרוֹן וּמִבַּלְעָדֶֽיךָ אֵין אֱלֹהִים: קַבֵּץ נְפוּצוֹת קֺוֶֽיךָ מֵאַרְבַּע כַּנְ֒פוֹת הָאָֽרֶץ, יַכִּֽירוּ וְיֵדְ֒עוּ כָּל בָּאֵי עוֹלָם כִּי אַתָּה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים לְבַדְּ֒ךָ עֶלְיוֹן לְכֹל מַמְלְ֒כוֹת הָאָֽרֶץ, אַתָּה עָשִֽׂיתָ אֶת הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וְאֶת הָאָֽרֶץ אֶת הַיָּם וְאֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר בָּם וּמִי בְּכָל מַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶֽיךָ בָּעֶלְיוֹנִים אוֹ בַתַּחְתּוֹנִים שֶׁיֹּאמַר לְךָ מַה תַּעֲשֶׂה, ומַה תִּפְעָל אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַֽיִם חַי וְקַיָם עֲשֵׂה עִמָּֽנוּ צְדָקָה וָחֶֽסֶד בַּעֲבוּר שִׁמְךָ הַגָּדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר וְהַנּוֹרָא שֶׁנִּקְרָא עָלֵֽינוּ וְקַיֶּם־לָֽנוּ יְהֺוָה אֶלֹהֵֽינוּ מַה־שֶּׁכָּתוּב, אֶת הַדָבָר שֶׁהִבְטַחְתָּֽנוּ עַל יְדֵי צְפַנְיָה חוֹזָךְ כָּאָמוּר, בָּעֵת הַהִיא אָבִיא אֶתְכֶם וּבָעֵת קַבְּ֒צִי אֶתְכֶם כִּי־אֶתֵּן אֶתְכֶם לְשֵׁם וְלִתְהִלָּה בְּכֹל עַמֵּי הָאָֽרֶץ בְּשׁוּבִי אֶת־שְׁבוּתֵיכֶם לְעֵינֵיכֶם אָמַר יְהֹוָה

YOU are YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה), our GOD, in heaven and on earth, and in the highest heavens. In truth, YOU are First, and YOU are Last. And besides YOU there is no ELOHIM. Gather the scattered who hope in YOU from the four corners of the earth. Let all mankind recognize and know that YOU alone are the ELOHIM over all the kingdoms of the earth. YOU made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. Who is there among all YOUR handiwork, among the heavenly or earthly creatures, that can say to YOU, "What are You doing?" and what are you making our FATHER in Heaven, living and eternal [ONE] deal graciously and kindly with us for the sake of your great name [which is] mighty and awesome which is called upon us and fulfill for us, YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה), our GOD that which is written: the promise YOU made to us through Zephaniah, YOUR prophet as it is said: ‘At that time, I will bring you in and at that time, I will gather you: for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes,' said YEHOVAH (יְהֹוָה).

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