Birhot Hashahar


This section includes all the blessings in the morning opening service, Birhot Hashahar.
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Please put your contributions under the name of the blessing (add any that might yet be on this page - try and keep these in order of the service), quote a source if appropriate, and add your name. As we got this process started, ideas for Avot V'Imahot were uploaded - see the Amidah page of this wiki for a sample format.

No points off for spelling or transliteration issues! ;-)

If you have trouble uploading, send an email to nmoskowitz@jecc.org.


For Nissim B'hol Yom - the blessings for daily miracles:
One can focus on one of these blessings during each worship experience and create a mini-meditation for the students to consider when they get to that specific one. See below for an example from a classroom that could be adapted to fit the flow of an actual t'fillah.
Posted by: Nachama Moskowitz
The teacher was sitting in front of the class. She bent her head and shoulders and said "Ani Kefufah" (I am bent over). She straightened up and said, akhshav, ani zekufah" ( Now, I am erect.). After repeating this a few times, she invited the pupils to join in with the statement, "anu kefufim" and "anu zekufim." She then asked them, "have you ever felt kafuf?" (now the word was being treated as "bent out of shape”). When no one answered, she proceeded to tell them that as a young girl growing up in Israel, coming to a new school, she was snubbed by a lot of the other girls and felt very "bent out of shape.” She would walk with her head down. A boy who was considered to be a star in her class in Israel came over to her and said, I’d like to be your friend. This led to her being accepted by the others as well. The pupils she was teaching were fascinated by this personal vignette. One said, "but you’re so pretty and so nice, how could the kids not like you?" She said," Thank you .I didn’t feel pretty or nice. I just felt kefufah bent out of shape and I walked with my head bent. After this boy became my friend, I felt zekufah.I walked with my head high.” A few pupils shared moments when they felt "kafuf." She asked the class. What do you think the author of this Berakhah had in mind when he said that God is "zokef kefufim?"
Quoted in:
Wachs, Saul P. Schatz, Michael J. Report on an Intervention Designed to Facilitate Change in the Culture of Prayer and Education for Prayer in a non-Orthodox Day School. Network for Research in Jewish Education. Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). June 2009: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4035