Jewish Prayers for the Dying

Jewish prayers for the dying offer comfort through the deep knowledge of a direct connection to Yahweh and its expression in ancient prayers and rituals.

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Symbol, Star Of David As Jews we have been blessed with a direct personal connection to God for thousands of years. We have been able to hear Yahweh and speak to him in person. When our faith was clear. When our need was strong.

We have been guided out of captivity. We have been guided into the promised land. Even if it took us 40 years traveling through the desert.

And we have been comforted and guided through hundreds of years without a land to call our own. Fleeing from one ruler to the next. Fleeing from one country to the next. Until the time was right. Now we can call Israel our home. Once again.

Jewish prayers for the dying remind us that we are in good hands even at the end of life. That we are in Yahweh's hands. That we did well. That we are blessed. That we are taken care of.

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א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: יְהוָה רֹעִי, לֹא אֶחְסָר.
ב בִּנְאוֹת דֶּשֶׁא, יַרְבִּיצֵנִי; עַל-מֵי מְנֻחוֹת יְנַהֲלֵנִי.
ג נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב; יַנְחֵנִי בְמַעְגְּלֵי-צֶדֶק, לְמַעַן שְׁמוֹ.
ד גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע-- כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי;
ה תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי, שֻׁלְחָן-- נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי;
דִּשַּׁנְתָּ בַשֶּׁמֶן רֹאשִׁי, כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
ו אַךְ, טוֹב וָחֶסֶד יִרְדְּפוּנִי-- כָּל-יְמֵי חַיָּי;
וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה, לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.

1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul;
He guideth me in straight paths
for His name's sake.

4 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.

5 Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

- Psalm 23 in Hebrew and English -

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Upon receiving the news of someone's death,
we speak the following blessing:

ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת. ‏

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu
melekh ha'olam, dayan ha-emet.

Blessed are You, LORD, our God,
King of the universe, the True Judge.

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1.Halleluyah! Praise, O you servants of Hashem,
praise the name of Hashem.
2. Blessed be the name of Hashem
from this time forth and for evermore.
3. From sunrise to sunset Hashem’s name
is to be praised.
4. Hashem is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.
5. Who is like Hashem our God,
who dwells on high,
6. Who looks far down to behold the things
that are on heaven, and on the earth!
7. He raises up the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8. That he may set him with nobles,
with the nobles of his people.
9. He gives the barren woman a home,
and makes her a joyful mother of children.

- Psalm 113 -

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Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

- Psalm of David, Psalms 61.1-4 -

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Hear, O Israel: the Eternal One is our God,
the Eternal God is One.
Praised for ever be God’s glorious majesty.

You shall love the Eternal One,
your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your might.

Let these words, which I command you this day,
be always in your heart.

Teach them diligently to your children;
speak of them in your home and on your way,
when you lie down and when you rise up.

Bind them as a sign upon your hand;
let them be like frontlets between your eyes;
inscribe them on the doorsteps of your house,
and on your gates.

- Shema, Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, Verses 4–9 -

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Yeetgadal v' yeetkadash sh'mey rabbah (Cong: Amein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (Cong: Amen.)

B'almah dee v'rah kheer'utey
in the world that He created as He willed.

v' yamleekh malkhutei,b'chahyeykhohn, uv' yohmeykhohn,
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv'chahyei d'chohl beyt yisrael,
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba'agalah u'veez'man kareev, v'eemru: Amein.
swiftly and soon. Now respond: Amen.

(Cong: Amein. Y'hey sh'met rabbah m'varach l'alam u'l'almey almahyah)
(Cong: Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)

Y'hey sh'met rabbah m'varach l'alam u'l'almey almahyah.
May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.

Yeet'barakh, v' yeesh'tabach, v' yeetpa'ar, v' yeetrohmam, v' yeet'nasei,
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,
v' yeet'hadar, v' yeet'aleh, v' yeet'halal sh'mey d'kudshah b'reekh hoo
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One, Blessed is He

(Cong: b'reekh hoo).
(Cong: Blessed is He)

L'eylah meen kohl beerkhatah v'sheeratah,
beyond any blessing and song,

toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru: Amein
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now respond: Amen.

(Cong: Amein).
(Cong: Amen).

Y'hei shlamah rabbah meen sh'mahyah,v'chahyeem
May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life

aleynu v'al kohl yisrael, v'eemru: Amein
upon us and upon all Israel. Now respond: Amen.

(Cong: Amein).
(Cong: Amen).

Oseh shalom beem'roh'mahv, hoo ya'aseh shalom,
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,

aleynu v'al kohl yisrael v'eemru: Amein
upon us and upon all Israel. Now respond: Amen.

(Cong: Amein).
(Cong: Amen).

- Kaddish -

Sunset, Mt Sinai

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