By Ariel Scheib
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 God, there is none like our lord,
Who is like our God, who is like our lord,
Blessed be our God, blessed be our Lord,
Source: 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”