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Prayer, Plain and Simple

The song “Sabbath Prayer” in the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem) gives a wonderful model for blessing our daughters. Here are the lyrics for this song. Use them as a prayer of blessing in your own family…

 

“Sabbath Prayer”

 

[MOTHERS AND FATHERS]
May the Lord protect and defend you.
May He always shield you from shame.
May you come to be
In Israel a shining name.

May you be like Ruth and like Esther.
May you be deserving of praise.
Strengthen them, Oh Lord,
And keep them from the strangers’ ways.

May God bless you and grant you long lives.
(May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you.)
May God make you good mothers and wives.
(May He send you husbands who will care for you.)

May the Lord protect and defend you.
May the Lord preserve you from pain.
Favor them, Oh Lord, with happiness and peace.
Oh, hear our Sabbath prayer. Amen.

 

“Sabbath Prayer”

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

From the musical Fiddler on the Roof

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