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Birkat Hamazon

By Marcia Falk


Nodeh l’eyn hachayim
Hazanah et hakol.

Al ha’aretz hatovah v’har’chavah
Nishmor’na, v’hi t’kay’meynu,

Unvakeysh mazon l’hasbi’a bo
Kol yosh’vey teyveyl.

Let us acknowledge the source of life,
source of all nourishment.

May we protect the bountiful earth
that it may continue to sustain us,

and let us seek sustenance
for all who dwell in the world.

Excerpted from The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival (Harper, 1996; Beacon, 1999). Copyright © 1996 by Marcia Lee Falk.

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