Learn Our Prayers

New to Jewish services, or studying for your bar/bat mitzvah? Use the detailed information on this page to become familiar with the parts of Friday evening and Saturday morning services.

The page numbers show where to find each part of the service in Siddur Lev Shalem. Recordings of the prayers, when available, are highlighted in the table. Prayers marked with a star (*) indicate that the prayer requires a minyan.

Shabbat Evening Services

Order in Service Page # Portion of the Service Announcements
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4 Blessing of the Shabbat Candles (may be preceded or followed by an opening reading on pp.4–5) Welcome, Shabbat Shalom. We (pray together on p. 4 or p. 5) OR open our service with candle lighting, which welcomes Shabbat. Please rise.
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73 Shalom Aleychem

 

Melody 1 (traditional)

Melody 2 (alternate)

Please turn to page 73.
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75 Blessing the Children (bottom of the page) Rabbi or adult – We continue on page 75 at the bottom of the page. [Rabbi usually announces and leads blessing, then invites congregation to greet one another following.]
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10 Yedid Nefesh Please turn to page 10. We join in Yedid Nefesh.
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11 Lechu N’ran’na – together – Psalm 95 We continue with excerpts from the Psalms of Kabbalat Shabbat, which invite us to reflect on the creation of the world, and our own past week of creation. We begin on p. 11. Please join me.
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12 Ar’baim Shana – end Psalm 95 Page 12 at the arrow.
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13 Shiru Ladonai – al kol Elohim Psalm 96 [Continue to p. 13 without an announcement.]
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14 Yis’mchu Hashamayim – end Psalm 96 Page 14, at the arrow.
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16 Or Zarua – Psalm 97 Page 16, 4 lines from the bottom of the page.
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17–18 Psalm 98 – English of the Psalm or read one of the pieces in the left margin on p. 17 We pray Psalm 98 in English (OR join together in the margin ) on p. 17.
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20 Psalm 99 – Romemu Page 20, at the arrow.
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21 Psalm 29 Mizmor L’David (optional) [Continue to p. 21 without an announcement.]
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23–25 Lecha Dodi – we will sing verses 1, 2, and 5, and then last verse p. 25 Shabbat is symbolized as a bride, and we formally great her with Lekha Dodi on p. 23. We will chant the first and the second verse, the 5th verse on page 24 and the last verse on p. 25. Please rise and face the door as we sing the last verse.
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27 Tov L’hodot Please be seated. Page 27, Mizmor Shir L’yom Hashabbat, The Psalm of Shabbat.
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28 Tzadik Katamar, at the arrow Page 28, at the arrow.
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29 English of the Psalm or in the left margin (optional) We pray responsively in English (OR in the margin) on page 29.
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39a *Barechu The formal Evening Service begins on Page 39a. Please stand. [Face Ark and bow; Repeat after congregation; Go back to microphone.]
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39a Choose English in the middle of p. 39a or in the left margin Please be seated. We pray together in English in the middle of (OR in the margin of) page 39a.
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39a U’ma’avir yom…ma’ariv aravim Page 39a at the arrow.
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40 Ahavat Olam Page 40.
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41 Shema and V’Ahavta [Chant Ahavat Olam, and continue directly with Shema and V’ahavta on p. 41.]
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41 Choose English either middle of the page, or top margin p. 41 We continue in English in the middle (OR in the margin of) p. 41.
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42 Vayomer Vayomer p. 42, the second paragraph.
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43b   Page 43b. We pray responsively OR we continue together in the margin.
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44 U’Malchuto and Mi Chamocha. . . to end of Hebrew this page [Continue on next page with end of reading and then chant U’malchuto.]
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45 Hashkivenu: Choose one English paragraph, either the main page or the top left margin We pray together in English on p. 45 OR in the margin on p. 45
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45 At the arrow: U'shmor tzeiteinu...yerushalayim [Continue with u’shmor in the arrow, no announcement.]
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46 V’shamru Page 46, please rise.
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46 *Chatzi Kaddish [Continue with the Chatzi Kaddish – no announcement.]
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47–52 Amidah (silently) We continue with the silent SHABBAT AMIDAH. Please remain standing. You may follow the text from pp. 47–52 in Hebrew or in English, and please include the prayers of your own heart.
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52 Oseh Shalom

 

(3 Oseh melodies)

Wait for Rabbi's signal, then go to microphone and begin Oseh Shalom.
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53–54 Me’eyn Sheva (optional)  
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54 *Kaddish Shalem If you are including Me’eyn Sheva, announce: We remain standing and continue on p. 53. If not, announce p. 54.
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55 Kiddush Page 54, please rise.
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-- Torah Talk /Sermon Please join me in Kiddush on p. 55. We remain standing.
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63 Count Omer if applicable [Hold Kiddush Cup in right hand. After you are finished, drink juice.]
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56 Aleinu, pause at the end of this page You may be seated.
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57 Read this softly; begin chanting at arrow “Kah-kah-tuv” before ending with V’Ne’emar [Go to seat – Rabbi's sermon.]
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58 *Mourners’ Kaddish Page 63.
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-- Announcements from Board We continue with the ALEYNU on p. 56. Please rise. [Face the Ark.]
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59 Psalm 27, if applicable This is included for the month of Elul through to the end of Sukkot.
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61, 62, or 211 Closing prayer – Ki Eshmera Shabbat, Yigdal or Adon Olam We conclude our service with KI ESHMERA HASHABBAT (Page 61) OR Yigdal (Page 62). [Ask Rabbi which we are doing that evening.]

 

Shabbat Morning Services

1322# Page # Portion of the Service Announcements
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99 Modeh ani We begin our Shabbat morning service on p. 99, with our prayer for gratitude.
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99  Elohai Neshama  After Elohai Neshemah, say: We continue quietly with the prayer for our bodies. (Pause, then)
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101 Mah Tovu We continue on p. 101, with a prayer for gratitude for our sanctuary.
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102 Hareini  We continue with the last line on p. 102, as we take upon ourselves each day the mitzvah to love your neighbor as yourself.
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103 Birchot Hashachar We continue on the next page with the blessings for everyday miracles. Please rise.
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104 “Barukh atah Adonai…who acts with kindly love to the people Israel.” Please be seated. We join together in English in the middle of p. 104.
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104 U’tnenu ha’yom  
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105–106 Ashranu mah tov (at the arrow)

 

Kadesh (at the arrow)

After u’tenenu, say, “We pray to ourselves on p. 105, and then continue together at the top of p. 106,” then chant Ashreinu. After Shema and Baruch shem quietly, pause or daven to yourself, and then continue with Kadesh.
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107 Torah study blessings: Hebrew through La’asok b’divrei Torah, then English “May you make…who gives the Torah.” Page 106 – We begin in Hebrew at the top of the page, and then continue together in English.
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110 English, “You shall be holy…drawing them near to the Torah” We study words of Torah together in English at the top of p. 110.
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112 Hayom, Yom Shabbat…

 

Tsaddik Katamar

Page 112. [Begin at the top of the page in Hebrew, pause for people to daven silently, then pick up with Tsaddik Katamar.]
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120 Miz’mor (top line aloud, then rest softly),

 

 

We continue on p. 120.
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52 *Mourner’s Kaddish Please rise and those who chose may join in Mourner’s Kaddish.
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54 Baruch Sheh-Amar, responsively (Hebrew); then paragraph softly, end with Yached Chay… We remain standing and continue on p. 122 with Pseukei D’zimra, our Psalms of praise.
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136 Ashrei—chant responsively (Hebrew) Please turn to p. 136.
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141 Psalm 150 Halleluyah Page 141.
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141 Continue quietly with Baruch Adonai, and come in at Baruch Shem…amen v’amen  
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145 Nishmat Kol-Chai, then English on p. 145 We continue at the top of p. 145 (chant Nishmat Kol chai…), and then we pray together in English at the top of the page.
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146 Nehallelcha unshebechecha We pray to ourselves on p. 146.
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147 Ha-el B’ta’atzoomot  
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147 Shochein Ad..., Uv’makhalot…mishichecha  
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148 Yish’tabach…pause briefly to recite middle lines to yourself, , then continue with brachot v’hodaot….el chey ha’olamim  
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148 *Chatzi Kaddish Please rise.
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149–150 *Barechu and Yotzer Or  
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150 Ha Kol Yoducha v’hakol yishabchucha (Daven quietly until Ein k’erkcha… techiyat hametim  
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151 El Adon Page 151.
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153 Tit’barach tzuranu;

 

end at L’el Baruch Ne’Imot Yiteinu

Page 153.
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153 Or Chadash  
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154 Ahavah Raba  
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155 Shema, Baruch Shem (softly), V’Ahavtah (Torah trope), then English of V’ahavtah After v’ahavtah in Hebrew, “We pray together in English in the middle of the page.”
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156 Daven or read English, then Vayomer…emet We continue quietly in Hebrew or in English for the first paragraph of p. 156.
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158 Ram v’nisa We continue in the middle of p. 158.
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158 Mi Chamocha  Motion to rise at Kumah, or say please rise before starting Tsur Yisrael.
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159–160 Avot V’imahot, Gevurot We continue with the Shacharit Amidah. We will join together in the first 3 blessings, starting with blessing including the Patriarchs Matriarchs, and continuing on through p. 161. We will then continue praying silently in Hebrew or in English from pp. 162–166. Please include the prayers of your own heart.
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161 *Kedushah  
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162–166 Continue reading Amidah silently  
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165 Sim Shalom Page 165, in the middle of the page.
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165 Baruch ata Adonai  
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316–321 Hallel Service if a Holiday or Festival  
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167 *Kaddish Shalem Please remain standing as we continue on p. 167.
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168 *Torah Service –

 

Ein Kamocha

Av Harachamim

YaYehi BinSoah

We continue with the Torah service on p. 168.

 

Please rise. [before Vayhi binsoa]

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169 Personal prayer before opening the Ark, on p.169 We take a moment of personal prayer before we open the Ark. You may choose one of the prayers on p. 169 or offer up the words in your heart.
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170 Bey Ana Racheitz Page 170 at the arrow.
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171 *Shema, Echad, Gadlu  
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171 *L’cha Adonai. . . (Torah procession)  
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  Remarks introducing the Parasha (give gabbai time to pull aliyah cards)  
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173, 174 *TORAH & HAFTARAH READINGS (Mishaberach for holim before hatzi kadesh and Maftir) (Inclusive mishaberach for olim before Haftarah)  
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177 Prayer for our Country (English reading) We continue on p. 177 with a prayer for our country.
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178 Prayer for Israel (begin by chanting the first 5 words in Hebrew page 178) A prayer for the State of Israel, p. 178.
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180 Announce the New Moon, if appropriate  
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181 Ashrei Page 181.
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183 *Y’hal’lu; Hodo al Page 183.
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183 *Miz’mor (carry Torah around and return to Ark)  
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184 First paragraph silently, then Ki Lekach tov; Etz Haiim  
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  Torah Discussion  
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184 *Chatzi Kaddish We begin our Musaf service on p. 184, please rise.
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185 Amidah (Avot v’Imahot, Gevurot) We continue with the Musaf Amidah. We will join together from pp. 185–187, and then continue silently through p. 192. You may pray in Hebrew or in English, and the Rabbis of our tradition teach that this is the time to include our own private words of prayer.
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187 Kedushah  
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188–192 Continue Silent Amidah  
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192 Ose Shalom Page 192.
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203 Kaddish Shalem Please turn to page 203 and rise for the Kaddish.
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204 Ein Keiloheinu Please be seated. We will continue on p. 204.
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205 Aleinu, first paragraph aloud, second paragraph silently, end with “Ka’Ka’tuv” Page 205, please rise.
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207 *Mourner’s Kaddish Rabbi or adult leads.
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208 Anim zemirot              Optional.
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211 Adon Olam Our service concludes with Adon Olam on p. 211….

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

L’ador Vador and Emet