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Rosh Hashanah Blessings

For those looking for a quick, easy reference to guide them through the Rosh Hashanah ritual blessings at home, this resource is for you!

Our handy Rosh Hashanah Blessings include the customary prayers said before the erev Rosh Hashanah (first evening of Rosh Hashanah) meal, all in Hebrew and transliteration, with suggested translations as well.

Not sure how to pronounce the Hebrew? Read along, in transliteration or in Hebrew, and listen to each blessing:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, who has sanctified us with actions and honors us to light the Sabbath and holiday lights.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat v’ shel Yom Tov.

בְּרָוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת וְשֶׁל יוֹם טוֹב

    • When Rosh Hashanah starts on any other night of the week, we don’t reference Shabbat in the blessing. This version of the blessing over the candles is said:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, who has sanctified us with actions and honors us to light the holiday lights.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

בְּרָוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל יוֹם טוֹב

    • When blessing the wine, say:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha–olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

בְָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֶלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָפֶּן

    • When blessing the holiday:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh.

.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה

    • When blessing the challah:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

בְָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֶלֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ

    • When blessing the apples and honey:

Blessed are You, Infinite One, Creator of the fruit of the tree. May it be Your will, Infinite One, that this be a good and sweet year for us.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-eitz. Y’hi ratzon milfanecha, Adonai Eloheinu v’Elohei
avoteinu v’imoteinu, shetchadesh aleinu shanah tovah um’tukah.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ. יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶךָ, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ וְאִמּוֹתֵֽינוּ, שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה.


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