morning and evening prayer

if a person does not wish to use the traditional amidah, they can use the shortened version. this prayer can be prayed every morning and evening at sunrise and sunset. [shema] hear, o israel, the lord our god, the lord is one! praised be his glorious kingdom forever and ever. you shall love the lord your god will all your heart, and will all your soul, and with all your might. and these words which i command you today shall be in your heart. you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you are sitting at home and when you go on a journey, when you lie down and when you rise up. you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (deut. 6:4-9). and if you will carefully obey my commands which i give you today, to love the lord your god and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, i will give rain for your land at the right season, the autumn rains and the spring rains, that you may gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. and i will provide grass for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. beware lest your heart be deceived, and you turn and serve other gods and worship them; for then the lord's anger will blaze against you, and he will shut up the skies so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no produce, and you will quickly perish from the good land which the lord gives you. so you shall place these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you are sitting at home and when you go on a journey, when you lie down and when you rise up. you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates - that your life and the life of your children may be prolonged in the land, which the lord promised he would give to your fathers, as long as the sky remains over the earth (deut. 11:13 - 21). the lord spoke to moses, saying: speak to the children of israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put on the fringe of each corner a blue thread. you shall have it as a fringe, so that when you look upon it you will remember to do all the commands of the lord, and you will not follow the desires of your heart and your eyes which lead you astray. it is for you to remember and do all my commands and be holy for your god. i am the lord your god who brought you out of the land of egypt to be your god; i am the lord your god (num. 15:37 - 41).

[amidah] [opening meditation] adonai, open my lips that my mouth may declare your praise. [blessings of praise] [#1 - ancestors/fathers] blessed are you, adonai, our god and our ancestors god, abraham's god, isaac's god, jacob's god, great, mighty, and revered god, supreme god, master of heaven and earth, our protector and our ancestors' protector, our security in each and every generation. blessed are you, adonai, abraham's protector. [insert personal praise: for those in the past who have been faithful to the kingdom of god - especially those who are no longer alive.] [#2 - god's power] you are mighty, you humble the proud, you are strong, you judge the wicked, and you live forever; you support the dead, cause the wind to blow and bring down the dew, and sustain life giving life to the dead; in the blink of an eye you bring salvation. blessed are you, adonai, who gives life to the dead. [insert personal praise: for god's power and might - especially his ability to deliver us from the grave.] [#3 - sanctification of god's name] holy are you, and your name is revered; there is no god other than you. blessed are you, adonai, the holy god. [insert personal praise: for the holiness of god.] [blessings of petition] [#4 - knowledge] favor us, with your knowledge, our father; and with your torah's understanding and wisdom. blessed are you, adonai, who favors people with knowledge. [personal petition: for personal and specific knowledge from the torah related to issues that we are personally encountering.]

[#5 - repentance] bring us back to you, adonai, that we shall return. renew our days as of old. blessed are you, adonai, who takes pleasure in repentance. [insert personal petition: confession of specific sins.] [#6 - forgiveness] forgive us, our father, for we have sinned before you; wipe out and remove our transgressions from before your eyes, for great is your mercy. blessed are you, adonai, who is quick to forgive. [personal petition: forgiveness for the sins confessed above.] [#7 - deliverance] see our affliction and fight our fight; redeem us for the sake of your name. blessed are you, adonai, who redeems israel. [personal petition: for personal deliverance of any kind, but especially related to god's kingdom work.] [#8 - healing] heal us, adonai, from the pains of our heart, and remove sorrow and complaint from among us. bring healing to our wounds. blessed are you, adonai, who heals the sick among his people israel. [personal petition: for personal healing of self and others including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.] [#9 - years] bless this year for us for goodness through its produce, adonai our god, and quickly bring the year near that ends our exile. grant dew and rain on the surface of the ground, and eternal abundance from the stores of your goodness, and grant blessing through the work of our hands. blessed are you, adonai, who blesses our years. [personal petition: for our earthly needs.] [#10 - gathering of exiles] sound a great shofar for our freedom, and lift up a banner for the gathering of our exiles. blessed are you, adonai, who gathers the dispersed among his people israel. [personal petition: for ingathering of all kinds, including the ingathering of family members and loved ones into the kingdom through salvation.]

[#11 - justice] restore our judges as in the days of old, and our counselors as in the former times, and reign over us, you alone. blessed are you, adonai, who loves justice. [personal petition: restoration and preservation of righteous leaders in among god’s community, in our nation, in israel, and throughout the whole world.] [#12 - heretics] may there be no hope for apostates, and may you quickly uproot the insolent reign in our day, and may the heretics instantly perish. may they be erased from the book of life, and may they not be written with the righteous. blessed are you, adonai, who humbles the insolent. [personal petition: against specific opponents of the kingdom. this may not be an appeal against personal enemies.] [#13 - the righteous] show compassion to righteous converts, and give us a good reward with those who do your will. blessed are you, adonai, who is the trust of the righteous. [personal petition: for compassion on the righteous.] [#14 - jerusalem and david] have mercy, adonai our god, in your great mercy, on israel your people, and on jerusalem your city, and on zion where your presence dwells, and on your palace and on your habitation and on your righteous servant david's kingdom. blessed are you, adonai, david's god, who builds jerusalem. [personal petition: for mercy on specific people or on a specific congregation.] [#15 - prayer] adonai, our god, hear the voice of our prayers and have mercy on us, for you are the god who is gracious and merciful. blessed are you, adonai, who hears prayer. [blessings of thanksgiving] [#16 - sacrificial service] find favor; adonai our god, and dwell in zion that you may be served by your servants in jerusalem. blessed are you, adonai, whom we will serve with awe. [#17 - grateful acknowledgement]

we gratefully acknowledge you - you are adonai our god and our ancestors’ god for all the goodness, the kindness, and the mercy that you have shown and done for us and for our ancestors before us, and if we say our step has faltered, your kindness will support us. blessed are you, whom it is good to gratefully acknowledge. [#18 - the priestly blessing] grant your peace on israel your people and on your city and on your heritage, and bless all of us as one. blessed are you, adonai, who brings peace. [closing meditation] may the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be favorable before you, adonai, my rock and my redeemer. [alenu] it is for us to praise the lord of all things, to acclaim the author of all existence. he did not make us like the heathen of the earth; he did not fashion us like the pagans of the world. our portion is not like theirs, our lot is not like that of their multitudes. we bend the knee, bow down, and acclaim the supreme king of kings, the holy one, praised is he. it is he who stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. his glorious presence is in the heaven above, the dominion of his might is in the loftiest heights. he is our god; there is none else. he is our king; there is none other. as it is written in his torah: and you shall know this day and meditate in your heart, that the lord is master in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. there is none else. we therefore hope in you, o lord our god, that we shall soon behold the triumph of your might, when idolatry will be uprooted from the earth and falsehood be utterly destroyed. we hope for the day when the world will be perfected under the dominion of the almighty and all mankind learn to revere your name; when all the wicked of the earth will be drawn in penitence unto you. o may all the inhabitants of the earth recognize that unto you every knee must bend, every tongue pledge loyalty. before you, o lord our god, may they bow in worship, and give honor to

your glorious name. may they all acknowledge your kingdom, and may your dominion be established over them speedily and forevermore. for sovereignty is yours and unto all eternity you will reign in glory. as it is written in your torah: the lord will reign forever and ever. and it is further written: the lord will be acknowledged as king over all the earth; on that day will the lord be one and his name one. [kaddish] glorified and hallowed be the great name of god throughout the world which he created according to his will. may his kingdom of peace be established speedily in our time, unto us and unto the entire household of israel. amen. may his great name be praised throughout all eternity. extolled and glorified, honored and adored, ever be the name of the holy one, praised is he. yea, he is beyond the praises and hymns of glory which mortals offer to him throughout the world. amen. may our heavenly father grant peace and life abundant to us and to all israel. amen. may he who ordains the harmony of the universe, bestow his peace upon us. amen.

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