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Birchot HaShachar - Reciting Shacharit Blessings

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Reciting the traditional morning blessings

Based on the gematria for the word tzaddik (צדיק), "righteous one," the sages taught that Jews should respond with "Amen" to no less than 90 blessings (Tsade = 90), recite Kedushah ("Holy, holy, holy...") four times (Dalet = 4), say Kaddish ten times (Yod = 10), and recite 100 blessings (Qof = 100) -- every day! (Berachot 60b). In addition to the blessings that are recited as part of every observant Jew's day, the Shacharit Service includes a series of blessings that are recited as part of the morning service.

After each of the following blessings is recited aloud by the cantor of the synagogue, you are to respond by saying "Amen."

Who gives us discernment

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
asher natan lasekhvi
vina l'havchil bein
yom u'vein lailah.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who gave the heart understanding to distinguish between day and night.

Who made us partakers of Israel

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
she-asani yisrael.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who made me an Israelite.

Who made us free

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
shello 'asani aved.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who did not make me a slave.

Who made us in His Image

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
she'asani be'tzalmo.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who made me in His Image.

Who made us as we are

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
she-asani kirtzono.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who made me according to His will.

Who opens our eyes

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
pokeiach 'ivrim.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who gives sight to the blind.

Who clothes us

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
malbish 'arumim.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who clothes the naked.

Who sets the captives free

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
matir 'asurim.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who releases the captives.

Who makes the crooked straight

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
zokeir k'fufim.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who straightens the bent.

Who enables us to walk

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
rokei'a ha'aretz al hamayim.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who spreads the earth upon the waters.

Who meets all our needs

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
sha'asah li kol tsorki.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who has provided for all my needs.

Who establishes our steps

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
hameikhin mits'adei gever.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who establishes the footsteps of man.

Who girds us with might

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
ozeir Yisrael bigvurah.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who girds Israel with might.

Who crowns us with glory

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
'oteir Yisrael b'tifarah.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who crowns Israel with glory.

Who gives us strength

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
ha-notein laiya'eif koach.

Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe,
Who gives the weary strength.

Who formed mankind in wisdom

Asher Yatzar Blessing

Blessed are You, LORD our God, Master of the universe, who formed
mankind in wisdom, and created in him all manner of openings
and cavities.  It is manifest and known before the throne of your glory
that if any one of them ruptured or were blocked,
it would be impossible to survive and stand before You.
Blessed are You, LORD, who heals all flesh and is wonderful in His acts.

Barukh attah Adonai, eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher yatzar
et ha'adam b'khochmah, u'vara vo nekavim nekavim,
chalulim chalulim. Galuy ve'yadua lifnei khisei khevodekha
she'im yipateiach echad meihem, 'o yisateim echad meihem,
'i efshar le'hitpaiyeim ve'la'amod lefaneykha.
Barukh attah Adonai, rofei khol basar u'mafli la'asot.

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