While praying, concentrate on the meaning of the words, and remember that you stand before the divine presence. Before beginning the Amidah , take three steps back, then three steps forward. Recite the Amidah quietly—but audibly to yourself—while standing with feet together. Bend knees at Baruch ; bow at atah ; straighten up at Adonai: Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai, E-lo-hei-nu vei-lo-hei a-vo-tei-nu, E-lo-hei Av-ra-ham, E-lo-hei Yitz-chak, Vei-lo-hei Ya-a-kov, Ha-eil Ha-Ga-dol Ha-Gi-bor v'Ha-No-rah, Eil El-yon, go-meil cha-sa-dim to-vim, ko-nei ha-kol, v'zo-cheir chas-dei a-vot, u-mei-vi go-eil liv-nei v'nei-hem l'ma-an sh'mo b'a-ha-vah. Bend knees at Baruch ; bow at atah ; straighten up at Adonai: Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai, ma-gein Av-raham.
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Find a version of the Shabbat Amidah in Hebrew here , or consult a prayer book of your choice. Thus, every Amidah is divided into three central sections: praise, petitions and thanks. Originally, Jewish prayer was largely unstructured. Although the Rabbis eventually codified the format and themes of each of the blessings, it was initially left to the creativity of individual prayer leaders to generate the specific wording of the blessings. Individual communities in different countries began to settle on somewhat standard versions of the prayers over time.
The Weekday Amidah
This prayer, among others, is found in the siddur , the traditional Jewish prayer book. Observant Jews recite the Amidah at each of three prayer services in a typical weekday: morning, afternoon, and evening. A fifth called Neilah is recited on Yom Kippur. The typical weekday Amidah actually consists of nineteen blessings, though it originally had eighteen hence the alternative name Shemoneh Esreh , meaning "Eighteen". When the Amidah is modified for specific prayers or occasions, the first three blessings and the last three remain constant, framing the Amidah used in each service, while the middle thirteen blessings are replaced by blessings usually just one specific to the occasion. The prayer is recited standing with feet firmly together, and preferably while facing Jerusalem.
Full Text of the First Blessing of the Amidah
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Transliteration of the Weekday Amidah