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Jewish Prayers:
Ein Keloheinu


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The prayer Ein Keloheinu (“There is none like our God”) is during Ashkenazi Shabbat and festival services and the Sephardic weekday morning service. It is one of the last prayers in the Musaf service. Traditionally, Jews are expected to recite 100 prayers a day to show appreciation for everything God provides them. Ein Keloheinu is alleged to be composed to further the ability in fulfilling one’s gratitude to God.

Ein Keloheinu is one of the most recognizable prayers, because it carries the same tune in almost every synagogue. In this prayer, God is referred to by four different names — Elohim (God), Adon (Master), Melekh (King), and Moshi’ah (Deliverer). Ein Keloheinu is another way for the Jewish people to praise and bless God’s magnificence.

Ein Keloheinu has a recurring theme:
There is none like our God
There is none like our Master
There is none like our King
There is none like our Deliverer.

EIN KELOHEINU

THERE IS NONE LIKE OUR GOD

Ein ke-lo-hei-nu Ein Ka-do-nei-nu
Ein k'mal-kei-nu Ein k'mo-shi-ei-nu
Mi che-lo-hei-nu Mi cha-do-nei-nu
Mi che-mal-kei-nu Mi ch'mo-shi-ei-nu
No-deh le-lo-hei-nu No-deh la-do-nei-nu
No-deh l'mal-kei-nu No-deh l'mo-shi-ei-nu
Ba-ruch e-lo-hei-nu Ba-ruch a-do-nei-nu
Ba-ruch mal-kei-nu Ba-ruch mo-shi-ei-nu
A-tah hu e-lo-hei-nu A-tah hu a-do-nei-nu
A-ta hu mal-kei-nu A-tah hu mo-shi-ei-nu
A-tah hu she-hik-ti-ru a-vo-tei-nu
l'fa-nei-cha et kto-ret ha-sa mim.

There is none like our God, there is none like our lord,
There is none like our king, there is none like our saviour.

Who is like our God, who is like our lord,
Who is like our king, who is like our saviour.
Let us thank our God, let us thank our lord,
Let us thank our king, Let us thank our saviour.

Blessed be our God, blessed be our Lord,
Blessed be our king, blessed be our savior.
Thou art our God, thou art our Lord,
Thou art our king, thou art our savior.
Thou art the one before whom our fathers
offered the spice offering.


Sources: Eisenberg, Ronald L. The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions. PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2004; Sources: ; Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. NY: William Morrow and Co., 1991; “Ein Keloheinu”

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