From the Union's publications, Wake-Up Rituals: Crafting Jewish Tradition for Young Childrenand Jewish Bedtime Ritualsproduced by the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning.

UPON WAKING

Modeh Ani is the traditional prayer to be said by children. Hold your child in a chair or sit on the bed with them, and share a special moment of closeness before

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Shehecheyanu - Celebrating a Festive Occasion 

shehecheyanu
 
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehehchehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for giving us life,
for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Washing Hands

It is customary to remove all jewelry from...

The blessing over the bread

Uncover the challah and say:

HaMotzi

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Eat the challah....

Place your hands on the child's head and say:

For a boy:

boyblessing

Y'sim-cha Eh-lo-him k'Ephra'im v'chi-M'nasheh.

May God inspire you to live in the tradition of

Ephraim and Menasheh.

For a girl:
girlblessing

Y'si-meich Eh-lo-him k'Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, v'Lei-ah.

May God inspire you to live like Sarah,

Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah.


For both boys and girls:
boyandgirlblessing

Y'va-reh-ch'cha Adonai...

Glossary of Words and Terms for Jewish Living

in Interfaith Family Resources
Judaism is more than just a religion: it's a culture, a language, a way of life. And, integrated fully into these Jewish traditions are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings are…