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This Hebrew song was originally written for choir and cantor, or soloist. It is intended to usher in the Jewish sabbath for worship.

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Music by Aminadov Aloni
Lyrics by Gates of Prayer, a Reform Jewish Siddur

Bar’chu et Adonai ham’vorach.

Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam vaed.
Eternal God, Your majesty is proclaimed
By the marvels of earth and sky
Sun, moon and stars testify
To Your power and wisdom.

Day follows day in endless succession
And the years vanish
But Your sov’reignty endures.
Umaavir yom umevi lailah
Umaudil bein yom uvein lailah.
Adonai tsvaot sh’mo

El chai v’kayam
Tamid yimloch aleinu l’olam vaed.
Baruch ata Adonai

Baruch hu uvaruch sh’mo
Hamaariv aravim.

Blessed is the eternal God
To Whom our praise is due!

Blessed is the eternal God
To Whom our praise is due forever and ever!
Creator of day and night

Who rolls light away from darkness
And darkness from light
You cause day to pass, and bring about night

Distinguishing between them
“Almighty” is Your name.

O living and ever-enduring God
Reign over us forever and ever.

Blessed are You, Eternal One

Who brings on twilight.