Gratitude and Praise

After the baby is welcomed, it is customary to express feelings of gratitude and recognition of the wonder of birth. You can simply speak about personal thoughts, or incorporate into your speech psalms, verses, or poetry or songs.

מִזְמוֹר לְתוֹדָה

  הָרִיעוּ לַאֲדֹנָי כָּל הָאָרֶץ

  עִבְדוּ אֶת אֲדֹנָי בְּשִׂמְחָה, בֹּאוּ לְפָנָיו בִּרְנָנָה

  דְּעוּ כִּי אֲדֹנָי הוּא אֱלֹהִים, הוּא עָשָׂנוּ

  וְלוֹ אֲנַחְנוּ עַמּוֹ וְצֹאן מַרְעִיתוֹ

  בֹּאוּ שְׁעָרָיו בְּתוֹדָה חֲצֵרֹתָיו בִּתְּהִלָּה

  הוֹדוּ לוֹ, בָּרְכוּ שְׁמוֹ

  כִּי טוֹב אֲדֹנָי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ, וְעַד דּוֹר וָדוֹר אֱמוּנָתוֹ 

Mizmor li-Todah

Hari’u l’Adonay kol ha’aretz:
Ivdu et Adonay bi-simkhah ba’u lifanav bi-rinah:
Di’u ki Adonay Hu Elohim Hu asanu vi-lo anakhnu
amo vi-tzon mari’ito:
Bo’u shi’arav bi-todah hatzayrotav bi-tihilah
Hodu Lo barikhu sh’mo:
Ki tov Adonay li’olam khasdo v-ad dor va-dor emunato.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Psalm 100

Sing out to The Creator, all the earth,
Worship The All-Seeing One in joy,
Approach God’s presence with a ringing cry!

Know that The Abundant One is God,
The one who made us, our beginning and our source.
We are God’s kin, the flock God feeds.

Enter God’s gates with thankful prayers,
God’s courtyards with a song of praise.
Give thanks to God, give blessing to the Name,

For the love of The Compassionate will last forever,
God’s faithful care, throughout all generations.

(English from Kol Haneshamah Daily Prayerbook, Reconstructionist Press)


הוֹדוּ לַאֲדֹנָי כִּי טוֹב, כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ,

  יֹאמְרוּ נָא יִשְׂרָאֵל: כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ,

יֹאמְרוּ נָא בֵית אַהֲרֹן: כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ,

  יֹאמְרוּ נָא יִרְאֵי אֲדֹנָי: כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ,

  אוֹדְךָ אֲדֹנָי הָיְתָה זֹאת, הִיא נִפְלָאוֹת בְּעֵינֵינוּ


  זֶה הַיּוֹם עָשָׂה אֲדֹנָי נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בּוֹ

Hodu L’Adonay ki tov, ki l’olam khasdo.
Yomru na Yisrael: ki l’olam khasdo.
Yomru na veyt Aharon: ki l’olam khasdo.
Yomru na yirey Adonay: ki l’olam khasdo.
Odeykha ki anitani va-tihi li liyishuah
Me’eyt Adonay hay’tah zot, he niflat bi-eyneynu,
Zeh ha-yom asah Adonay, nagilah vi-nismikhah bo.

O give thanks to Hashem for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.
Let Israel now say that His steadfast love endures forever.
Let the house of Aharon now say that His steadfast love endures forever.
Let those who fear Hashem say that His steadfast love endures foreverֹ
I will give you thanks for you have answered me and you have become my salvation. 
This is Hashem’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes 
This is the day Hashem has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.


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