“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One.” He is our G-d; he is our Father; he is our King; he is our Deliverer. He will again in his mercy proclaim to us in the presence of all the living:”. . . to be your G-d— I am the Lord your G-d.”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our G -d is merciful. The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Be again at rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt kindly with you. Thou hast delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears and my feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord in the world of life. I trust even when I cry out: “I am greatly afflicted.” [I have faith] even when I say in haste: “All men are deceitful.”
They all accept the rule of the kingdom of heaven, one from the other, granting permission to one another to hallow their Creator. In serene spirit, with pure speech and sacred melody, they all exclaim in unison and with reverence:
Ki Lekakh Tov
I give you good instruction; forsake not my Torah. It is a tree of life to those who take hold of it, and happy are those who support it. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths, are peace. Turn us to thee, 0 Lord, and let us return; renew our days as of old.
May the merciful Father who dwells on high, in his infinite mercy, remember those saintly, upright and blameless souls, the holy communities who offered their lives for the sanctification of the divine name. They were lovely and amiable in their life, and were not parted in their death. They were swifter than eagles and stronger than lions to do the will of their Master and the desire of their Stronghold. May our G-d remember them favorably among the other righteous of the world; may he avenge the blood of his servants which has been shed, as it is written in the Torah of Moses, the man of G-d: “0 nations, make his people joyful! He avenges the blood of his servants, renders retribution to his foes, and provides atonement for his land and his people.”
May he bless those who dedicate synagogues for worship and those who enter therein to pray, those who provide lamps for lighting and wine for Kiddush and Havdalah and those who give food to the transient guests and charity to the poor, as well as all those who faithfully occupy themselves with the needs of the community. May the Holy One, blessed be he, grant them their reward, remove from them all sickness, preserve them in good health, and forgive all their sins; may he bless and prosper their work and the work of all Israel their brethren; and let us say, Amen.