Source of wisdom,
Giver of knowledge,
Who enlightens our eyes And deepens our hearts with learning and insights,
Bless these children,
The children of our community,
As they continue upon their path of exploration of our tradition
Guide them to understand that the lessons learned here
Through conversations and celebrations,
From stories and songs,
Through personal curiosity and communal action
Will accompany them not only in the days and weeks to come
But throughout their lives.
Help them realize that while the future depends on them,
They do not have to bear that weight of responsibility alone.
Remind them that the relationships they create with classmates and teachers
Will enable them to forge connections with new study partners
Based on the Jewish foundation of gaining new understandings face-to-face and
Grant their parents and other family members
The persistence and commitment to support them on their journey
As they discover how all that they have learned within these walls
Will be a beacon that will guide them to perform acts of goodness and kindness
That will bring greater justice and peace to the human family.
BARUCH ATAH, ADONAI, ELOHEINU MELECH HA-OLAM
SHECHALAK MEI-CHOCHMATO LI’REI-AV.
Blessed are You, Eternal One, our God, Ruler of the Universe,
Who grants a measure of divine wisdom to those who revere
The holiness in this world of ours.