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Gratitude and Praise

From the Itim Institute

After the baby is welcomed, it is customary to express feelings of gratitude and recognition of the wonder of birth. You can simply speak about personal thoughts, or incorporate into your speech psalms, verses, or poetry or songs.


Mizmor li-Todah

Hari'u l'Adonai kol ha'aretz:
Ivdu et Adonai bi-simkhah ba'u lifanav bi-rinah:
Di'u ki Adonai Hu Elohim Hu asanu vi-lo anakhnu
amo vi-tzon mari'ito:
Bo'u shi'arav bi-todah hatzayrotav bi-tihilah
Hodu Lo barikhu shimo:
Ki tov Adonai li'olam hasdo vi-ad dor va-dor emunato.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Psalm 100

Sing out to The Creator, all the earth,
Worship The All-Seeing One in joy,
Approach God’s presence with a ringing cry!

Know that The Abundant One is God,
The one who made us, our beginning and our source.
We are God’s kin, the flock God feeds.

Enter God’s gates with thankful prayers,
God’s courtyards with a song of praise.
Give thanks to God, give blessing to the Name,

For the love of The Compassionate will last forever,
God’s faithful care, throughout all generations.

(English from Kol Haneshamah Daily Prayerbook, Reconstructionist Press)

Hodu L'Adonai ki tov, ki li'olam hasdo.
Yomru na Yisrael: ki li'olam hasdo.
Yomru na veit Aharon: ki li'olam hasdo.
Yomru na yirei Adonai: ki li'olam hasdo.
Odikha ki anitani va-tihi li liyishuah
Me'eyt Adonai hayitah zot, he niflat bi-eyneynu,
Zeh ha-yom asah Adonai, nagilah vi-nismikhah vo.

O give thanks to Hashem for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.
Let Israel now say that His steadfast love endures forever.
Let the house of Aharon now say that His steadfast love endures forever.
Let those who fear Hashem say that His steadfast love endures foreverֹ
I will give you thanks for you have answered me and you have become my salvation. 
This is Hashem's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes 
This is the day Hashem has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.


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