For the Sabbatical Year: A blessing for after eating (+ a harvest blessing!)

"May the merciful One turn our hearts toward the land,
so that we may dwell together with her in her sabbath-rest the whole year of Shmita."

Harachaman hu yashiv libeinu el ha’aretz
l’ma’an neisheiv yachad imah b’shovtah, kol sh’nat hash’mitah!


הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יָשִיב לִבֵּינוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ לְמַעַן נֵשֵב יָחַד עִמָהּ בְּשָׁבְתהּ, כָּל שְׁנַת הַשְׁמִיטָה

The blessing was composed by Rabbi David Seidenberg. Nili Simhai set the words to the "Sosne Nigun" by Jonah Adels, z"l. Harachaman blessings traditionally follow the main blessings after a full meal, and they include special blessings related to Shabbat and holidays. You can also say this prayer anytime you've eaten. Bring the Harachaman prayer home to your family, sing it at your Tu Bish'vat seder, and at every meal this whole Shmita year.

   

The words only use the first two parts of Jonah's niggun. Recording by David Seidenberg and Nili Simhai.

Shmita means "release", and the Shmita year is about liberation between the people and the land, liberation between people themselves, and the land's release from control and liberation for its own sake. This Harachaman blessing references all three kinds of liberation.

The words fit into the song like this:

Harachaman hu yashiv libeinu
el ha’aretz, el ha’aretz
Harachaman hu yashiv libeinu
el ha’aretz, el ha’aretz

l’ma’an neisheiv yachad imah
imah b’shovtah
kol sh’nat hash’mitah
kol sh’nat hash’mitah

neisheiv yachad imah
imah b’shovtah
kol sh’nat hash’mitah
kol sh’nat hash’mitah

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Learn more about Shmita here.

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Download the Harachaman PLUS the Harvest blessing (also by Reb Duvid) HERE!

Download a PDF of JUST THE HARACHAMAN:



Click the image to download the pdf; right-click it to download the png (graphic); print it out, copy and cut it (there are 8 Harachaman texts per page) to use at every meal during this Shmita year.

Design in progress © Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg 2015