Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Birkat HaMazon - Grace After A Meal

© Trisha Arlin


רַבּוֹתַי נְבָרֵךְ

All who sit around these tables,
Friends and strangers,
In peaceful conversation
And pleasant disagreement,
We take this moment to acknowledge
Whenever we eat together
That we are blessed
And, in our turn,
We bless.

בָּרוּךְ הוּא וּבָרוּך שְׁמוֹ

Blessed be the Creator and the created,
Blessed be the sustainers and the sustained.
Blessed be the eaters and the eaten,
Blessed be the feeders and the fed.
Blessed be the cooks and the meal,
Blessed be the drinkers and the water.
Blessed be the farmers and the produce,
Blessed be the baker and the bread.
Blessed be them all.

Blessed be the doers and the done upon,
Blessed be the freers and the freed.
Blessed be the leaders and the led,
Blessed be the tellers and the told.
Blessed be the prayers and the prayed for,
Blessed be the servers and the served.
Blessed be the teachers and the taught,
Blessed be the forgivers and the forgiven.
Blessed be them alll.

 בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי הַזָּן אֶת הַכּל

נוֹדֶה לְּךָ יי אֱלהֵינוּ  

Blessing us, One-ness,
Wtih the biggest and the smallest of blessings:
We do not lack.
Blessing us, One-ness,
With a history, ancient and current,
That is never boring.
We give thanks

וְעַל הַכּל יי אֱלהֵינוּ אֲנַחְנוּ מוֹדִים לָךְ וּמְבָרְכִים אוֹתָךְ  

Blessing us, One-ness,
With boundless Mercy
For all people,
All made in your image.
We pray for even a fraction of that compassion and empathy
That we may feel the joy and the suffering of all who surround us
And so that they may also feel ours.

רַחֶם נָא יי אֱלהֵינוּ עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל עַמֶּךָ  

Blessed One-ness
Making peace
Sustaining wholeness
For each other
And all the world



וְאִמְרוּ
אָמֵן


1 comment:

  1. Amen, selah! And let us give thanks to poets who, emulating the Bountiful One, bring good things to light and move us to gratitude.

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