Seven Blessings

Found In: Covenant & Naming Rituals

Tags: shehekheyanu , yotzer, covenant

By Lori Lefkovitz and Rabbi Lenny Gordon | Ritual Component

Lenny:

This ceremony is one of covenant brit. Through our actions today our daughter enters into a covenant relationship with the history and the life of the Jewish people, tying her destiny to that of her people and imbuing her life with meaning. Ten and one half years ago, Lori and I entered into a covenant of another sort kiddushin the covenant of marriage. That covenant was sealed over a cup of wine and the recitation of seven blessings. We ask our parents and sisters to recite seven blessings, based on those of the wedding ceremony. As they come up and recite a blessing, we ask each family member to sign our daughter's naming certificate.

Grandfather Rudy:

Masculine: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam yotzer ha'adam.

Feminine: B'rukhah at Yah Eloheinu Ruach ha'olam yotzeret ha'adam.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of humanity.

Grandfather Sol:

Masculine: Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam asher yatzar et ha'adam be'tzalmo b'tzelem d'mut tavnito v'hitkin lo mimenu binyan adei ad. Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha'olam yotzer ha'adam.

Feminine: B'rukha At Yah Eloheinu Ruach ha'olam yatzrah et ha'adam be'tzalmah b'tzelem d'mut tavnitah v'hitkinah la mimena bin'yan adei ad. Brukha at yah eloheinu ruach ha'olam yotzeret ha'adam.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who created human beings in Your image, and Your likeness, and out of their very selves You prepared for them a perpetual spiritual being. Praised are You, our Lord, Creator of humanity.

Grandmother Lola:

Masculine: Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al kidush hachayim.

Feminine: B'rukha At Yah Eloheinu Ruach ha'olam asher kidshatnu b'mitzvotey'ha v'tzivatnu al kidush hachayim.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who commands us to sanctify life.

Aunt Marcy:

Masculine: Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha'olam zocher ha'brit v'ne'eman biv'rito v'kayam b'ma'amaro.

Feminine: B'rukha at Yah eloheinu ruach ha'olam zocheret ha'brit v'ne'emanah bivritah v'kayemet be'ma'amarah.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who remembers the covenant and who is steadfastly faithful in Your covenant, keeping your promise.

Grandmother Janet:

Masculine: Barukh Atah Adonai m'sameach ho'rim im ha'yeladim.

Feminine: B'rukha At Yah m'samechet ho'rim im ha'yeladim.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who causes parents to rejoice with their children.

All Family Members:


Masculine: Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam shehecheyanu v'kimanu v'higianu lazman hazeh.

Feminine: B'rukha At Yah Eloheinu Ruach ha'olam shehecheyatnu v'kimatnu v'higiatnu lazman hazeh.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, for enabling us to reach this day of joy.

Aunt Sharon:

Masculine: Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam borei pri hagafen.

Feminine: B'rukha At Yah Eloheinu ruach ha'olam boret pri hagafen.

Praised are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

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