Blessings for Yom Kippur


Candle lighting Blessing for Yom Kippur

Because Yom Kippur is a fast day, it is inappropriate to sanctify the day with blessings before dinner.  Therefore, if candles for Yom Kippur are lit at home, they must be lit after dinner.  After lighting the candles, recite the following blessing:

Yom Kippur Candle Prayer
Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
a-sher ki-d-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-va-nu l'had-lik ner shel Yom ha-Kip-pu-rim.


Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe
who makes us holy with Your mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of the Day of Atonement.


The Shehehiyanu

Recite the following blessing after the blessing for candles:
The Shehehiyanu
Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
she-he-che-ya-nu v'ki-y'ma-nu v'hi-gi-a-nu laz'man ha-zeh.


Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has granted us life,
who has sustained us and who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion.


Blessing for the Bread

As with candles, as it is inappropriate to sanctify the day before drinking wine.  Therefore, there is no blessing over wine at the Yom Kippur meal.  Before eating the meal prior to Yom Kippur, it is appropriate to recite the blessing over bread.

Hebrew: Bread
Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
ha-mo-tzi le-chem min ha-a-retz.


Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
who brings forth bread from the land.

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