Misheberakh Prayer for a Bat Mitzvah Celebrant in the Florentine Tradition

teenaged girl facing a sculpture garden in Florence, Italy

The Hebrew text is taken from Zeved Habat by Aaron Cohen (Jerusalem, 1990).

(מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ לַבַּת הַמִּצְוָה לְפִי נֻסַּח קְהִלַּת פִירֶנְצֶה (אִיטַלְיָה
מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אִמּוֹתֵינוּ שָׂרָה רִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת הַנַּעֲרָה __________ בַּת __________________ שֶׁהִגִּיעָה לְפִרְקָהּ. אָבִינוּ שֶׁבְּשָׂמִים אָב הָרַחֲמָן יָגֵן בַּעֲדָהּ וְיִשְׁמֹר אֶת נַפְשָׁהּ. יָסִיר מִמֶּנָּה כֹּל מַחֲלָה וְכֹל צָרָה וְנֶזֶק יָצִילָה. יִשְׂמְחוֹ בָּהּ אָבִיהָ וְאִמָּהּ וְתִמְצָא חֵן וְשֵׂכֶל טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי אֱלֹהִים וְאָדָם וִיקַיֵּם בָּהּ (בַּהֵן) מִקְרָא שֶׁכָּתוּב אִשָּׁה יִרְאַת יי הִיא תִתְהָלַל תְּנוּ לָהּ מִפְּרִי יָדֶיהָ וִיְהָלְלוּהָ בִּשְׁעָרִים מַעֲשֶׂיהָ אַמֵּן. כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן 

Mi Sheberakh imoteinu Sarah Rivkah Rachel v’Leah
hu y’varekh et hana’rah __________ bat __________
Shehigiah l’firkah.
Avinu shebashamaim av harachaman yagen ba’adah v’ishmor
et nafshah. Yasir mimenah kol machala v’khol tzarah
v’nezek yatzilah. Yismecho bah aviha v’imah v’timtzah chen
v’sekhel tov b’einei elohim v’adam vi’ykuyam bah (bahen)
mikra shekatuv ishah yir’et Adonai hi tit’halal
t’nu la mipri yadeyha viyehal’luha basharim ma’aseyha
Amen ken yehi ratzon.

May the One who blessed our foremothers Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah bless the young girl daughter of ________ who has reached the age of twelve.

May our Father in Heaven, Merciful Father protect her and guard her spirit. He should remove from her all illness and save her from any dis-tress and harm. Let her father and mother rejoice with her, and let her find favor and good understanding in the eyes of God and the eyes of man. Let the words of Scripture be fulfilled through her, “A woman who fears God shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her deeds praise her in the gates.”
Amen, May this be Your Will.

Published by JOFA,The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance The Orthodox Jewish Woman and Ritual: Options and Opportunities Bat Mitzvah, www.jofa.org. Used by permission of JOFA.

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