Blessing Animals on Friday Night

Found In: Friday Evening, Honoring Our Animal Companions

Ritual Component

These blessings were written to be used on Erev Shabbat.  Their timing is meant to parallel the blessing of children.

Blessings for Cats

Yesimkha E-lohim ka-aryot ha-sadeh
May God make you like the lions of the veldt.
[by Rabbi Ya’akov Adler]

Yesimkha E-lohim ki-yehuda ha-aryeh
May God make you like the lion of Judah.
[by Rabbi Anna Rosenfield]

Blessing for Dogs

Yesimkha E-lohim ke-kalev ha-ne-eman
May God make you like Caleb, the loyal one.