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Jewish Prayers

El malei rachamim shochen bamiromim, 
Hamtzey menucha nechona tachas kanfey hashechina, 
B’ maalos kedoshim ut’ horim kezohar harakeea 
mazhirim es nishma (name).

 

Male:   Female:
Shehalach 1’olamo 
Ba’voor shenadvoo tzedaka b’ad
hazkaras nishmaso
b’ gan eden t’ hay m’ noochaso
lachen baal harachamim 
yastirayhoo b’seser kna fav 1’olamim
v’ytzror bitzror hachayim es nishmaso 
Adonoy hoo nachalaso, v’yanooach 
b’shalom al mishkavo, v’nomar
ah’main.

 
  Shehalacha 1’olama 
Ba’voor shenadvoo tzedaka b’ad
hazkaras nishmasa
b’ gan eden t’ hay m’ noochasa 
lachen baal harachamim 
yastirah b’seser k’nofaf 1’olamim 
v’ytzror bitzror hachayim es nishmasa
Adonoy hoo nachalasa, v’sanuach 
b’shalom al mishkava, v’nornar 
ah’main.

 

 

El Malei Rachamim 
O, God, full of compassion, Thou who dwellest on high, grant perfect rest beneath the shelter of Thy divine presence among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament to the soul of my beloved who has gone to his (her) eternal home.

Mayest Thou, O God of Mercy, shelter him (her) forever under the wings of Thy presence, May his (her) soul be bound up in the bond of life eternal, and grant that the memories of my life inspire me always to noble and consecrated living. Amen.

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
    of death,

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of
   mine enemies,

Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth
   over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
   days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house
   of the Lord forever.

O God, You have been our refuge in every
     generation.
Before the mountains came into being,
    before You brought forth the earth and the world,
    from eternity to eternity You are God.
You return us to dust;
You decree: "Return, you mortals!"
For in Your sight a thousands years
    are as yesterday when it has passed,
    as a watch in the night.
You engulf us in sleep;
    we are like grass that renews itself:
    at daybreak it flourishes anew;
    at dusk it withers and dries up.
The span of our life is threescore years and ten,
or, given strength, fourscore years;
but the best of those years have trouble and sorrow.
They pass by speedily, and we are in darkness.
Teach us, therefore, so to number our days
that we may attain a heart of wisdom.
Turn to us, O God!
Show mercy to Your servants.
Satisfy us at daybreak with Your steadfast love
that we may sing for joy all our days.
Let Your deeds be seen by Your servants,
Your glory by their children.
May Your favor, O God, be upon us.
Establish the work of our hands
that it may long endure.

I lift my eyes to the mountains;
What is the source of my help?
My help come from Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.
God will not let your foot give way;
your Protector will not slumber.
See, the Protector of Israel
neither slumbers nor sleeps!
God is your Guardian,
God is your protection
at your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
God will guard you from all harm
God will guard your soul,
your going and coming,
now and forever.

Yit-ga-dal ve-yit-kadash she-mei ra-ba, Be-al-ma di-ve-ra
chi-re-u-tei, ve-yam-lich
mal-chu-tei, Be-cha-yei-chon u-ve-yo-mei-chon u-ve-cha-yei
de-chol beit Yis-raeil,
Ba-aga-la u-vi-ze-man ka-riv, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.

Ye-hei she-mei ra-ba me-va-rach, le-a-lam u-le-al-mei
al-ma-ya.Yit-ba-rach ve-yish-ta-bach, ve-yit-pa-ar ve-yit-ro-mam,
Ve-yit-na-sei ve-yit-ha-dar, ve-yit-a-leh, ve-yit-ha-lal
she-mei de-ku-de-sha, be-rich hu,
Le-ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta ve-shi-ra-ta, tush-be-cha-ta
Ve-ne-che-ma-ta, daa-mi-ran be-al-ma ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.

Ye-hei she-la-ma ra-ba min she-ma-ya ve-cha-yim a-lei-nu
Ve-al kol Yis-ra-eil ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.

O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav, hu ya-a-seh sha-lom alei-nu
Ve-al kol Yis-ra-eil, ve-i-me-ru: a-mein.

ENGLISH:

Magnified and sanctified be God's great name in the world which He created according to His will. May he establish His kingdom during our lifetime and during the lifetime of Israel. Let us say, Amen.


May God's great name be blessed forever and ever. Blessed, glorified, honored and extolled, adored and acclaimed be the name of the Holy One, though God is beyond all praises and songs of adoration which can be uttered. Let us say, Amen.


May there be peace and life for all of us and for all Israel. Let us say, Amen.


Let He who makes peace in the heavens, grant peace to all of us and to all Israel. Let us say, Amen.

Yizkor elohim nishmas avee mori (name) shehalach 1’ olamo, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baado, bischar zeh, y’ hay nafsho tzerurah bitzrov hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v’ Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’ Leah, vim shear tzadikim v’tzid kaniyos she b’ gan eden, v’ nomar ah’ main.

May God remember the soul of my honored father (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
Yizkor elohim nishmas eemee morasi (name) shehalacha 1’ olama, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baada, bischar zeh, t’hay nafsha tzerurah bitzrov hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v’ Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’ Leah, Vim shear tzadikim v’tzid kaniyos she b’ gan eden, v’ nomar ah’ main.

May God remember the soul of my honored mother (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
Yizkor elohim nishmas baalee hayakar (name) shehalach l'olamo, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baado, bischar zeh, y'hay nafsho tzerurah bitzror hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v'Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v'Leah, v'im shear tzadikim v'tzid kaniyos she b'gan eden, v'nomar ah'main.

May God remember the soul of my honored husband (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
Yizkor elohim nishmas ishtee hayekarah (name) shehalacha 1’ olama, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baada, bischar zeh, t’ hay nafsha tzerurah bitzrov hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v’ Yaakov Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’ Leah, Vim shear tzadikim v’tzid kaniyos she b’ gan eden, v’ nomar ah’ main.

May God remember the soul of my honored wife (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
Yizkor elohim nishmas b'ne hayakar (name) shehalach l'olamo, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baado, bischar zeh, y'hay nafsho tzerurah bitzror hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v'Yaakov, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v'Leah, v'im shear tzadikim v'tzid kaniyos she b'gan eden, v'nomar ah'main.

May God remember the soul of my honored son (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
Yizkor elohim nishmas beetee hayekarah (name) shehalacha 1’ olama, baavoor sheani noder tzedaka baada, bischar zeh, t’ hay nafsha tzerurah bitzrov hachayim im nishmos Avraham, Yitzchak, v’ Yaakov Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v’ Leah, Vim shear tzadikim v’tzid kaniyos she b’ gan eden, v’ nomar ah’ main.

May God remember the soul of my honored daughter (name) who is gone to his repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for his sake; in reward of this, may his soul enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous males and females that are in paradise; and let us say, Amen.
May God remember the souls of my father and mother, my grandfathers and grandmothers, my uncles and aunts, my brothers and sisters, whether paternal or maternal, who are gone to their repose; for that, I now solemnly offer charity for their sake; in reward of this, may their souls enjoy eternal life, with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and the rest of the righteous makes and females that are in Paradise; and let us say, Amen.
“In Thee, O Lord, have I taken refuge; be Thou to me a rock of refuge; Therefore for Thy name's sake lead me and guide me. Into Thy hand, I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, Thou God of truth. For Thou hast seen mine affliction; Thou hast taken cognizance of the troubles of my soul.”--psalm XXXI.

O God, from the depths I cry unto You. You have taken away from me my dear child. O help me to feel that the ways of Your providence are wise and good, though we don't understand them.

You, O God, knows that my soul would not question Your justice; I would not rebel against, Your decree. It is the tender and deep love which my dear child brought into my heart that draws me hither. O merciful Father, have mercy upon me and send the healing balm of Your consolation to my grieving spirit.

In this moment my soul feels but little strength to praise. Yet if You did take away this life, You also did give it. O may the light of love which my child kindled within my heart, continue to burn brightly, so that, as I regain strength of soul, I may bring cheer unto all my dear ones. Praised be to You, O God, who comforts the mourner with hope in life eternal. Amen.
“I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel; yea, in the night seasons my reins instruct me. I have set the Lord always before me; surely He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth; my flesh also dwelleth in safety; for Thou wilt not abandon my soul to the netherworld; neither wilt Thou suffer Thy godly one to see the pit. Thou makest me to know the path of life; in Thy presence is fulness of joy, in Thy right hand bliss for ever more.”--Psalm XVI.

Tender memories fill my thoughts as I stand here by the grave of my brother. Precious was the blessing that God gave me in his life. A brother, indeed, was he at all times, kind and considerate in his words, thoughtful and generous in his deeds.

O God, in Your infinite wisdom and justice You have taken him from me. I sorely miss him. But the influence of his character is and ever shall be upon me. I pray to You, O God, to strengthen my soul with an abiding faith in life hereafter; and find me courage to bar whatever Your providence sends unto me. According to my power, may I never fail to aid others who are in need of sympathy and help. Amen.
“Out of the depths have I called Thee, O Lord. Lord, hearken unto my voice; let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? For with Thee is forgiveness, that Thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord; my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning; yea, more than watchmen for the morning.”--Psalm CXXX.

How precious to me was the deep love of my sister! And now, O God, that You have taken her from me there is a void which I often feel can never be filled.

Her kindness, her patience, her comforting words softened the trials of many a day. As I think of all this, how heavily is my heart bowed down by the sorrow of her taking away.

As I stand in the peaceful quiet of this spot, divine hope whispers in my soul that she is at rest in Your keeping. May this thought sustain me. May I be thankful unto You, O God, for the life of my dear sister; and may every thought of her incline my soul to deeds of kindness, mercy and righteousness. Amen.
O God, behold and see the sorrow of my heart. Widowed and bereft I mourn the loss of the dear companion of my life.

Help me, O God, to bear this burden bravely. Teach me to bend my will to Your supreme will that do all things for the best, for all Your ways are right and all Your judgments just. You did send me unto blessing through the gift of his loving care. For these my heart overflows with thankfulness. May I not mar the gratitude I here offer by murmurings and complaints.

Grant that I may live true to the hopes and prayers which bound our hearts together. Fill me with zeal to carry out every noble thought he cherished and to fulfill every duty to my home and my dear ones which he willed to me. May the memory of his love and faithfulness ever aid and inspire me.

I cast my burden upon You, O Lord. Uphold me in the hours of my weakness, for You are near to the broken and contrite heart. May my life prove that love is as strong as death. Grant me more and more of the comforting faith in life immortal. May Your blessing of peace attend me throughout all my days. Amen.
“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and may her deeds praise her within the gates.”--Proverbs XXXI.

My heart cries unto You, Almighty God, out of the depths of my distress. You alone knows the loneliness of my days, bereft of her whom You gave me as my companion and helpmate. Let me not yield to despair. Help me to be loyal to every trust she reposed in me, and steadfast to every duty her passing away has left to me. Fill me with manly courage to live true to the ideals of purity and nobility with which she inspired me.

Grant unto me strength, and unto our dear ones the steadfast resolve to cherish faithfully the spirit of love with which she filled our home. May the example of her goodness live on as an impulse to every good endeavor. May the bonds of our common sorrow unite more firmly the ties of our family affections. Teach me, O God, the lesson of resignation. Fill me with the firm trust that death does not end all, but that in death, as in life, all are in Your keeping. May I say with sincere humility: Your thoughts are not our thoughts; nor are Your ways our ways. For high as are the heavens above the earth, so high are Your ways above our ways, and Your thoughts above our thoughts. Amen.
“Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy hold mountain? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart; That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honoreth them that fear the Lord; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not; he that putteth not out his money on interest, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.”--Psalm XV.

In this silent grave repose the earthly remains of my best friend, my dearest benefactor, appointed by God Himself to love and protect me during the tender years of my life, my dear and my beloved father. Oh, to hear your voice again, to clasp your hand and to look into your fatherly eyes for strength and for courage and for comfort! How can I repay you for all the devotion and loving kindness which I have received at your hands.

O Lord, show me the way and give me the will to live and to work so that I may reflect honor upon my dear father's memory. Thus will I also glorify Your name, for You are the Father of the fatherless, and in Your keeping are the souls of all our dear ones. Amen.
“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, my soul is with me like a weaned child. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and for ever.”--Psalm CXXXI.

O mother dear, I cannot think of you as dead, though I stand before your earthly grave, your spirit lives and your love is everlasting. Yea, a mother's love is eternal, even as God is eternal who implanted that live in her heart! O mother dear, how can I begin now to thank you or to repay you for all that you have suffered and endured in order to give me life and to shelter, protect and rear me until I had reached the age of discretion and independence. And even unto the last, you have been my loving guide and my ever-present inspiration. And now, O sacred spirit of my mother, I can offer you only the tender tear of loving and devoted memory.

O God, help me to live a life worthy of my mother's hope and prayer. Preserve her soul in Your all-loving peace, and may her spirit ever keep me pure and clean so that when my time comes to leave this earthly dwelling, I may be found worthy to join my mother in her eternal abode of bliss in which the noble and the pure spirit may behold Your countenance in everlasting joy. Amen.
“Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. Thou turnest men to contrition; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”--Psalm XC.

Humility and sadness fill my soul when I enter this mournful abode of the dead. Here all human projects and desires, all passion of pride and power end. Wealth and poverty, love and hate, all are here leveled within the bosom of mother earth.

Faith alone can save us from anguish and despair. Faith can reveal to us the immortal destiny of the soul. It inspires in us holy affections, of lofty sentiments and a high sense of duty.

Faith knows no death, since it is the key that unlocks the gates of eternal life.

Thus wilt You strengthen and guide me, O Heavenly Father, so that when my earthly pilgrimage is ended, and You shall call me hence, my soul may be found worthy of Your salvation. Amen.