אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ זָכְ֒רֵֽנוּ בְּזִכָּרוֹן טוֹב לְפָנֶֽיךָ וּפָקְ֒דֵֽנוּ בִּפְקֻדַּת יְשׁוּעָה וְרַחֲמִים מִשְּׁ֒מֵי שְׁמֵי קֶֽדֶם וּזְכָר לָֽנוּ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ אַהֲבַת הַקַּדְמוֹנִים אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיִשְׂרָאֵל עֲבָדֶֽיךָ אֶת הַבְּ֒רִית וְאֶת הַחֶֽסֶד וְאֶת הַשְּׁ֒בוּעָה שֶׁנִּשְׁבַּֽעְתָּ לְאַבְרָהָם אָבִֽינוּ בְּהַר הַמֹּרִיָּה וְאֶת הָעֲקֵדָה שֶׁעָקַד אֶת יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ כַּכָּתוּב בְּתוֹרָתֶֽךָ: Our God and God of our fathers, remember us favorably before You and be mindful of us for deliverance and compassion from the eternal high heavens. Remember in our behalf, Adonoy, our God: the love of our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants; the covenant, the kindness, and the oath which You swore to our father Abraham on Mount Moriah, and the binding of Isaac, his son on the altar, as it is written in Your Torah.1Genesis 22:1-19.
וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּ֒בָרִים הָאֵֽלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת־אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּֽאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּֽאמֶר הִנֵּֽנִי: וַיֹּֽאמֶר קַח־נָא אֶת־בִּנְךָ אֶת־יְחִידְ֒ךָ אֲשֶׁר־אָהַֽבְתָּ אֶת־יִצְחָק וְלֶךְ־לְךָ אֶל־אֶֽרֶץ הַמֹּרִיָּה וְהַעֲלֵֽהוּ שָׁם לְעֹלָה עַל אַחַד הֶהָרִים אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶֽיךָ: וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּֽקֶר וַיַּחֲבשׁ אֶת־חֲמֹרוֹ וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שְׁנֵי נְעָרָיו אִתּוֹ וְאֵת יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ וַיְבַקַּע עֲצֵי עֹלָה וַיָּֽקָם וַיֵּֽלֶךְ אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־אָֽמַר־לוֹ הָאֱלֹהִֽים: בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁ֒לִישִׁי וַיִּשָּׂא אַבְרָהָם אֶת־עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת־הַמָּקוֹם מֵרָחֹק: וַיֹּֽאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־נְעָרָיו שְׁבוּ־לָכֶם פֹּה עִם־הַחֲמוֹר וַאֲנִי וְהַנַּֽעַר נֵלְ֒כָה עַד־כֹּה וְנִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה וְנָשֽׁוּבָה אֲלֵיכֶם: וַיִּקַּח אַבְרָהָם אֶת־עֲצֵי הָעֹלָה וַיָּֽשֶׂם עַל־יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ וַיִּקַּח בְּיָדוֹ אֶת־הָאֵשׁ וְאֶת־הַמַּאֲכֶֽלֶת וַיֵּלְ֒כוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו: וַיֹּֽאמֶר יִצְחָק אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אָבִיו וַיֹּֽאמֶר אָבִי וַיֹּֽאמֶר הִנֶּֽנִּי בְנִי וַיֹּֽאמֶר הִנֵּה הָאֵשׁ וְהָעֵצִים וְאַיֵּה הַשֶּׂה לְעֹלָֽה: וַיֹּֽאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהִים יִרְאֶה־לּוֹ הַשֶּׂה לְעֹלָה בְּנִי וַיֵּלְ֒כוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו: וַיָּבֹֽאוּ אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אָֽמַר־לוֹ הָאֱלֹהִים וַיִּֽבֶן שָׁם אַבְרָהָם אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ וַיַּעֲרֹךְ אֶת־הָעֵצִים וַיַּעֲקֹד אֶת־יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ וַיָּֽשֶׂם אֹתוֹ עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ מִמַּֽעַל לָעֵצִים: וַיִּשְׁלַח אַבְרָהָם אֶת־יָדוֹ וַיִּקַּח אֶת־הַמַּאֲכֶֽלֶת לִשְׁחֹט אֶת־בְּנוֹ: וַיִּקְרָא אֵלָיו מַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה מִן־הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וַיֹּֽאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּֽאמֶר הִנֵּֽנִי: וַיֹּֽאמֶר אַל־תִּשְׁלַח יָֽדְ֒ךָ אֶל־הַנַּֽעַר וְאַל־תַּֽעַשׂ לוֹ מְאוּמָה כִּי עַתָּה יָדַֽעְתִּי כִּי־יְרֵא אֱלֹהִים אַֽתָּה וְלֹא חָשַֽׂכְתָּ אֶת־בִּנְךָ אֶת־יְחִידְ֒ךָ מִמֶּֽנִּי: וַיִּשָּׂא אַבְרָהָם אֶת־עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה־אַֽיִל אַחַר נֶאֱחַז בַּסְּ֒בַךְ בְּקַרְנָיו וַיֵּֽלֶךְ אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אֶת־הָאַֽיִל וַיַּעֲלֵֽהוּ לְעֹלָה תַּֽחַת בְּנוֹ: וַיִּקְרָא אַבְרָהָם שֵׁם־הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא יְהֹוָה יִרְאֶה אֲשֶׁר יֵאָמֵר הַיּוֹם בְּהַר יְהֹוָה יֵרָאֶה: וַיִּקְרָא מַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָהָם שֵׁנִית מִן־הַשָּׁמָֽיִם: וַיֹּאמֶר בִּי נִשְׁבַּֽעְתִּי נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה כִּי יַֽעַן אֲשֶׁר עָשִֽׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה וְלֹא חָשַֽׂכְתָּ אֶת־בִּנְךָ אֶת־יְחִידֶֽךָ: כִּי־בָרֵךְ אֲבָרֶכְ֒ךָ וְהַרְבָּה אַרְבֶּה אֶת־זַרְעֲךָ כְּכוֹכְ֒בֵי הַשָּׁמַֽיִם וְכַחוֹל אֲשֶׁר עַל־שְׂפַת הַיָּם וְיִרַשׁ זַרְעֲךָ אֵת שַֽׁעַר אֹיְ֒בָיו: וְהִתְבָּרְ֒כוּ בְזַרְעֲךָ כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָֽרֶץ עֵֽקֶב אֲשֶׁר שָׁמַֽעְתָּ בְּקֹלִי: וַיָּֽשָׁב אַבְרָהָם אֶל־נְעָרָיו וַיָּקֻֽמוּ וַיֵּלְ֒כוּ יַחְדָּו אֶל־בְּאֵר שָֽׁבַע וַיֵּֽשֶׁב אַבְרָהָם בִּבְאֵר שָֽׁבַע: After these events,2These events refer to the previous nine tests by which God tested Abraham. This was to be the tenth and the most difficult test of all.—Ha’amek Dovor God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" and he [Abraham] said, "Here I am." He said, "Please, take your son, your only one,3Isaac was Abraham’s only son by Sarah. whom you love—Isaac— and go to the land of Moriah, and bring him up as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you. Abraham awoke early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took his two attendants4Ishmael and Eliezer.—Rashi with him, and also his son Isaac. He split the wood of the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went to the place that God had designated to him. On the third day, Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place from afar. Abraham said to his attendants, You stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go to that place. We will prostrate ourselves [in worship] and return5Abraham unwittingly prophesied that both of them would return.—Rashi to you." And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and placed it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the knife,6The Hebrew word is ma’acheles (root: אכל = to eat) which means that it renders meat fit for eating through slaughtering the animal. Another interpretation is: his knife is called ma’acheles because we still enjoy (eat) the reward of Abraham’s virtue when he agreed to use it to slaughter his son.—Rashi and they both went together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "Father," and he said, "Here I am my son." He said, "Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt-offering?" Abraham said, God Himself will show the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went together.7Although Isaac understood that he was going to be slaughtered, “They went together”—with like hearts.—Rashi They came to the place that God had designated to him, and Abraham built the8The Torah says that he built “the” altar not just “an” altar, to indicate that Abraham rebuilt the same altar which was originally built by Adam and used by Cain, Abel and by Noah.—Targum Yonoson ben Uziel altar there, and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac, and placed him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. An angel of Adonoy called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham! Abraham!" and he said, "Here I am." He [God] said, Do not harm the boy, nor do anything to him; for now I know that you are one who fears God and have not withheld your son, your only one, from Me." Abraham raised his eyes and beheld a ram9Tradition tells us that this ram was prepared for this purpose from the time of creation. Rashi (in Maseches Avos 5:6) after it had been caught in the thicket by its horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and brought it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. Abraham called the name of that place, Adonoy will see;10The Midrash interprets the following: “God will see the binding of Isaac and through its merit He will pardon Israel every year and rescue them from trouble. It will thus be said, “On this day,” by all generations that the ashes of Isaac are seen by God and serve as our atonement.—Rashi as it is said [to] this day On Adonoy's mountain, He will be seen. An angel of Adonoy called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, ‘I have sworn by Myself,' declares Adonoy, ‘that because you performed this deed, and did not withhold your only son, I will greatly bless you and make your descendants as numerous1111 If these blessings were intended to increase the population of Abraham’s descendants, it was superfluous, since God had previously blessed him for that purpose. God here blessed the descendants of Abraham with the nobility of spirit and courage to fulfill the command to sanctify God even when self-sacrifice is required. Only the nation of Israel, Abraham’s children, were commanded to fulfill this mitzvoh, because of the legacy we inherited from him.—Ha’amek Dovor. as the stars of the sky and like the sand on the seashore, and your descendants will inherit the gate of their enemies. Through your children, will be blessed all the nations of the world, because you heeded My voice.'" Abraham returned to his attendants, and they rose and went together to Beer Sheva, and Abraham dwelt in Beer Sheva.
ביום שאין אומרים תחנון אין אומרים זה: On a day when Tachanun is not said, the following paragraph is omitted.
רִבּוֹנוֹ שֶׁל עוֹלָם כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּבַשׁ אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ אֶת רַחֲמָיו לַעֲשׂוֹת רְצוֹנְ֒ךָ בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם, כֵּן יִכְבְּ֒שׁוּ רַחֲמֶיךָ אֶת כַּעַסְךָ מֵעָלֵינוּ, וְיָגֺֽלּוֹ רַחֲמֶֽיךָ עַל מִדּוֹתֶֽיךָ: וְתִתְנַהֵג עִמָּֽנוּ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ בְּמִדַּת הַחֶֽסֶד וּבְמִדַּת הָרַחֲמִים, וּבְטוּבְ֒ךָ הַגָּדוֹל יָשׁוּב חֲרוֹן אַפְּ֒ךָ מֵעַמְּ֒ךָ וּמֵעִירְ֒ךָ וּמֵאַרְצְ֒ךָ וּמִנַחֲלָתֶֽךָ: וְקַיֶם לָֽנוּ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ אֶת הַדָּבָר שֶׁהִבְטַחְתָּֽנוּ בְּתוֹרָתֶֽךָ, עַל יְדֵי משֶׁה עַבְדֶּֽךָ כָּאָמוּר. וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק, וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָֽרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר: וְנֶאֱמַר, וְאַף גַּם זֹאת בִּהְיוֹתָם בְּאֶֽרֶץ אֹיְ֒בֵיהֶם לֹא מְאַסְתִּים וְלֹא גְעַלְתִּים לְכַלּוֹתָם לְהָפֵר בְּרִיתִי אִתָּם כִּי אֲנִי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם: וְנֶאֱמַר וְזָכַרְתִּי לָהֶם בְּרִית רִאשֺׁנִים אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵֽאתִי אֹתָם מֵאֶֽרֶץ מִצְרַֽיִם, לְעֵינֵי הַגּוֹיִם לִהְיוֹת לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים, אֲנִי יְהֹוָה. וְנֶאֶמַר וְשָׁב יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ אֶת שְׁבוּתְ֒ךָ וְרִחֲמֶֽךָ, וְשָׁב וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים, אֲשֶׁר הֱפִיצְ֒ךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ שָֽׁמָּה. אִם יִהְיֶה נִדַּחֲךָ בִּקְצֵה הַשָּׁמָֽיִם מִשָּׁם יְקַבֶּצְךָ יְהֹוָה אֶלֹהֶֽיךָ וּמִשָּׁם יִקָּחֶֽךָ: וְנֶאֶמַר וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ אֶל הָאָֽרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יָרְ֒שׁוּ אֲבֹתֶֽיךָ וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְהֵיטִבְ֒ךָ וְהִרְבְּ֒ךָ מֵאֲבֹתֶֽיךָ: וְנֶאֱמַר עַל יְדֵי נְבִיאֶֽךָ, יְהֹוָה חָנֵֽנוּ, לְךָ קִוִּֽינוּ הֱיֵה זְרוֹעָם לַבְּ֒קָרִים, אַף יְשׁוּעָתֵֽנוּ בְּעֵת צָרָה: וְנֶאֱמַר, וְעֵת צָרָה הִיא לְיַעֲקֹב וּמִמֶּֽנָּה יִוָּשֵֽׁעַ: וְנֶאֱמַר בְּכָל־צָרָתָם לוֹ צָר וּמַלְאַךְ פָּנָיו הוֹשִׁיעָם, בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ וּבְחֶמְלָתוֹ הוּא גְאָלָם וַיְנַטְּ֒לֵם וַיְנַשְּׂ֒אֵם כָּל־יְמֵי עוֹלָם: וְנֶאֱמַר, מִי אֵל כָּמֽוֹךָ נֹשֵׂא עָוֺן וְעֹבֵר עַל־פֶּֽשַׁע, לִשְׁאֵרִית נַחֲלָתוֹ לֹא־הֶחֱזִיק לָעַד אַפּוֹ, כִּי חָפֵץ חֶֽסֶד הוּא: יָשׁוּב יְרַחְמֵֽנוּ יִכְבּוֹשׁ עֲוֺנוֹתֵֽינוּ, וְתַשְׁלִיךְ בִּמְצוּלוֹת יָם כָּל־חַטֹּאתָם: תִּתֵּן אֱמֶת לְיַעֲקֹב חֶֽסֶד לְאַבְרָהָם אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּֽעְתָּ לַאֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ מִֽימֵי קֶֽדֶם: וְנֶאֱמַר, וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלוֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם לְרָצוֹן עַל מִזְבְּחִי, כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה, יִקָּרֵא לְכָל הָעַמִּים: Master of the Universe! just as our father, Abraham suppressed his compassion to do Your will with his whole heart, so may your compassion suppress your anger against us; and may your compassion prevail over your [other] attributes.12This refers to God’s attribute of stern justice. Act with us Adonoy, our God, kindly and with compassion. In your great goodness turn away your fierce anger from your people, and from your city, from your land and from your territorial heritage. Fulfill for us, Adonoy, our God, the promise you made in your Torah, through your servant, Moses, as it says, I will recall my covenant with Jacob, also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I recall; and I will recall the land.13Leviticus 26:42. And it is said: "And even then when they are in the land of their enemies I will not abhor them nor sparn them to destroy them— to annul my covenant with them; for I am Adonoy, their God."14Leviticus 26:44. And it is said: And I will recall for them the covenant with their ancestors whom I took out from the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations, to be their God, I am Adonoy.15Leviticus 26:45. And it is said: "And Adonoy, Your God, will return your exiles and have compassion upon you, and will again gather you from [among] all the nations where Adonoy, your God, has scattered you. Even if your dispersed will be scattered to the ends of the world, from there Adonoy, your God, will gather you, and from there He will fetch you. And it is said: And Adonoy, your God will bring you into the land your forefathers inherited. And you will inherit it; And He will do good to you and multiply you more than your forefathers.16Deuteronomy 30:3-5. And it is said by Your prophets: Adonoy, be gracious to us, [for] we put our hope in You; be their strength every morning; also our deliverance in time of distress.17Isaiah 33:2. And it is said: It is a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be delivered from it18Jeremiah 30:6. And it is said: In all their affliction, He is afflicted, and the angel of His Presence delivered them; in His love and in His pity, He redeemed them, and bore them and carried them forever.19Isaiah 63:9. and it is said: Who is an Almighty like You, forbearer of iniquity and forgiver of transgression for the remnant of his heritage? He does not maintain His wrath forever, for He desires to do kindness. He will again show us compassion, He will suppress our iniquities; And you will cast into the depths of the sea all their sins. You will grant truth to Jacob, kindliness to Abraham as You swore to our fathers from the days of old.20Micah 7:18-20. And it is said: And I will bring them to My holy moutain; and make them joyful in My House of Prayer; their burnt-offerings and sacrifices will be accepted with favor on My Altar, for My House will be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.21Isaiah 56:7.
לְעוֹלָם יְהֵא אָדָם יְרֵא שָׁמַֽיִם בַּסֵּֽתֶר וּבַגָּלוּי וּמוֹדֶה עַל הָאֱמֶת וְדוֹבֵר אֱמֶת בִּלְבָבוֹ וְיַשְׁכֵּם וְיֹאמַר: A person should always be in fear of God, privately as well as openly,1Some people conduct themselves in a God-fearing manner in the presence of others (in public), but in the privacy of their homes, do whatever they please. There are others who do just the opposite. In private they are governed by fear of God, but in the presence of others they are too embarrassed or intimidated to be God-fearing. A Jew must always fear God, in private as well as in public.—Siach Yitzchok [he should] admit the truth,2Acknowledging the truth is fundamental to serving God, and to all human behavior. One who is concerned merely with “winning the argument” will go to any extreme to come out on top. This attitude caused the downfall of the 250 leaders who joined Korach, rather than acknowledge the truth of Moses’ declaration (Numbers 16:2-35).—Siach Yitzchok and speak truth in his heart,3It is not sufficient to merely acknowledge the truth verbally but one must speak truth in his heart as well. Rashi on the Talmud (Maseches Makos 24a) cites the following incident as an example of how one should speak truth in his heart: A buyer once offered to purchase an article from Rav Safra while he was reciting the Shema. Because he could not indicate his acceptance, the anxious purchaser increased his offer. Rav Safra refused the increment because in his heart he had already accepted the original offer. and rise early and proclaim:
רִבּוֹן כָּל הָעוֹלָמִים וַאֲדוֹנֵי הָאֲדוֹנִים, לֹא עַל צִדְקוֹתֵֽינוּ אֲנַֽחְנוּ מַפִּילִים תַּחֲנוּנֵֽינוּ לְפָנֶֽיךָ כִּי עַל רַחֲמֶֽיךָ הָרַבִּים, מָה אָֽנוּ מֶה חַיֵּֽינוּ מֶה חַסְדֵּֽנוּ, מַה צִּדְקוֹתֵֽינוּ, מַה יְּשׁוּעָתֵֽנוּ, מַה כֹּחֵֽנוּ מַה גְּבוּרָתֵֽנוּ, מַה נֹּאמַר לְפָנֶֽיךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ הֲלֹא כָּל הַגִּבּוֹרִים כְּאַֽיִן לְפָנֶֽיךָ וְאַנְשֵׁי הַשֵּׁם כְּלֹא הָיוּ וַחֲכָמִים כִּבְלִי מַדָּע וּנְבוֹנִים כִּבְלִי הַשְׂכֵּל כִּי רוֹב מַעֲשֵׂיהֶם תֹּֽהוּ וִימֵי חַיֵּיהֶם הֶֽבֶל לְפָנֶֽיךָ, וּמוֹתַר הָאָדָם מִן הַבְּ֒הֵמָה אָֽיִן כִּי הַכֹּל הָֽבֶל: לְבַד הַנְשָׁמָה הַטְּ֒הוֹרָה שֶׁהִיא עֲתִידָה לִתֵּן דִּין וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶֽךָ וְכָל הַגּוֹיִם כְּאַֽיִן נֶגְדֶּֽךָ שֶׁנֶּאֶמַר הֵן גּוֹיִם כְּמַר מִדְּ֒לִי וּכְשַֽׁחַק מֹאזְ֒נַֽיִם נֶחְשָֽׁבוּ הֵן אִיִּים כַּדַּק יִטּוֹל: Lord of all the worlds and Master of masters! Not on account of our righteousness do we offer our supplications before You, but on account of Your abundant mercy. What are we? What is our life? What are our acts of kindness? What is our righteousness? What is our deliverance?4Of ourselves or others. What is our strength? What is our might? What can we say before You, Adonoy, our God and God of our fathers? Are not all the mighty men as nothing before You? Famous men as though they had never been? The wise as if they were without knowledge? And men of understanding, as if they were devoid of intelligence? For most of their actions are a waste,5In terms of achievement.—Dover Sholom and the days of their life are trivial6In terms of time.—Dover Sholom in Your presence. The superiority of man over the beast is nil, for all is futile. Except the pure soul which is destined to give an accounting before the Throne of Your Glory. All the nations are as nothing before you, as it is written: The nations are as a drop of a bucket— no more than dust upon the scales are they considered! Behold, the isles are like the flying dust.7Isaiah 40:15.
אֲבָל אֲנַֽחְנוּ עַמְּ֒ךָ בְּנֵי בְרִיתֶֽךָ, בְּנֵי אַבְרָהָם אֹהַבְךָ שֶׁנִּשְׁבַּֽעְתָּ לּוֹ בְּהַר הַמֹּרִיָּה, זֶֽרַע יִצְחָק יְחִידוֹ שֶׁנֶּעֱקַד עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ, עֲדַת יַעֲקֹב בִּנְךָ בְּכוֹרֶֽךָ שֶׁמֵּאַהֲבָתְ֒ךָ שֶׁאָהַֽבְתָּ אוֹתוֹ וּמִשִּׂמְחָתְ֒ךָ שֶׁשָּׂמַֽחְתָּ בּוֹ קָרָֽאתָ אֶת שְׁמוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל וִישֻׁרוּן: However, we are Your people, children of Your covenant, children of Abraham, Your beloved,8Others translate, “Children of Abraham who loved You.” See commentaries on Isaiah 41:8. to whom You swore on Mount Moriah; the seed of Isaac, his only son, who was bound on top of the altar; the community of Jacob, Your firstborn, [whom]—because of Your love for him and Your joyous delight in him— You named him Yisrael9The name Israel symbolizes Jacob’s wandering through history proclaiming the sovereignty of God, while the name Yeshurun indicates his task to fulfill God’s will as revealed to him, and to devote his life to the execution of that which is right in the eyes of God.—S.R. Hirsch and Yeshurun.10Deuteronomy 33:5.
לְפִיכָךְ אֲנַֽחְנוּ חַיָּבִים לְהוֹדוֹת לְךָ וּלְשַׁבֵּחֲךָ וּלְפָאֶרְךָ וּלְבָרֵךְ וּלְקַדֵּשׁ וְלִתֵּן שֶֽׁבַח וְהוֹדָיָה לִשְׁמֶֽךָ: אַשְׁרֵֽינוּ מַה טּוֹב חֶלְקֵֽנוּ וּמַה נָּעִים גּוֹרָלֵֽנוּ וּמַה יָּפָה יְרֻשָּׁתֵֽנוּ: אַשְׁרֵֽינוּ כְּשֶׁאָֽנוּ מַשְׁכִּימִים וּמַעֲרִיבִים בְּבָתֵּי כְנֵסִיּוֹת וּבְבָתֵּי מִדְרָשׁוֹת וּמְיַחֲדִים שִׁמְךָ בְּכָל־יוֹם תָּמִיד וְאוֹמְ֒רִים פַּעֲמַֽיִם בְּאַהֲבָה: Therefore, we are obligated to thank You, to praise You, and to glorify You; to bless, to sanctify, and to offer praise and thanks to Your Name. We are fortunate! How good is our portion! How pleasant is our destiny! How beautiful is our heritage! We are fortunate we who rise early and stay late in synagogues and houses of study, and unify Your Name each day—always and lovingly say twice:
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ יְהֹוָה אֶחָד: "Hear Israel, Adonoy is our God, Adonoy is One."
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 Adonoy your God11Deuteronomy 6:4-9. with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your possessions. 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 totafos 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 exalted12According to other versions, the text is translated, “You will be exalted,” since the Hebrew reads תָּרוּם. 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 Adonoy, our God, in heaven and on earth, and in the highest heavens. In truth, You are First,13We refer to God as “First” to preclude the notion that anything existed before Him, but not to assert that He has a beginning.—Kuzari and You are Last.14Similarly, “Last” is used only to repudiate the idea that there is an end to His existence, not to fix a term for Him.—Kuzari And besides You there is no God. 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 God15Elohim is a descriptive term which signifies God as ruler or judge.—Kuzari 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 us16The Jewish people are called “God’s People” and their name Israel, ׳שר-אל—officers of God, includes God’s Name. and fulfill for us, Adonoy, 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 Adonoy.17Zephanyah 3:20.