Prayers and Jewish Life
Among many things at Temple Beth El, we work to be a Beit T’filah – a House of Prayer. Recognizing the range of possibilities and that different people resonate with different styles of worship, we try to encourage exploration and experimentation with the rich wealth of traditional texts and modern interpretations. Our own Friday evening Shabbat services reflect this idea and offer a chance to experience settings that are family friendly, thoughtful, Torah centered and of course, musical.
Knowing that some may find it challenging to attend services regularly, we try to make prayer still accessible. To achieve that, we have compiled a collection of significant and meaningful prayers. Click any one of them to see the words in Hebrew with accompanying transliteration.
Do not worry about pronouncing the words exactly correct or if the versions here seem unfamiliar. Prayer is not intended to be perfect, but is the way to let our spirits soar, our hearts rejoice, and the Divine within us shine.
- Birkat Hamazon – Blessing after the Meal
- Blessing for Mezuzah
- Blessings over the Torah
- Borei P’ri Hagafen – Blessing over Wine/Grape Juice
- Motzi – Blessing for Bread
- Mourner’s Kaddish
- Mi Shebeirach – Prayers for Healing
- Sh’ma Yisraeil – Expressing God’s Oneness
- T’filat Haderech – The Traveler’s Prayer