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Vezakeni: Prayer for our Offspring

Zaidie Lazer and Yanky

Zaidie Lazer learning Torah with grandson Yaacov Yosef Brody from Jerusalem (photo from 2008)

Whenever Zaidie (grandfather) Lazer Brody gets together with his grandchildren, we sing a moving song that 51uh9RTsdfL._SY450_ comes from a woman's prayer after lighting Sabbath candles. Many young couples also say this prayer on their wedding day:

Vezakeni legadel banim uvnei banim, chachomim u'nevovim ohavei Hashem, yirei Elokim anshei emes zera kadosh b'Hashem deveikim. Um'irim es haolam batorah umaasim tovim uvechol maleches avodas HaBoreh.

"May I merit to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and discerning, who love Hashem and fear G-d, men of truth, holy seed, clinging to Hashem, and who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds and all the work of serving the Creator."

G-d willing, I hope to be singing this with my grandchildren tonight at the Bar Mitzva of my cherished grandson, Yaacov Yosef Brody, the eldest son of my eldest son Rabbi BenTzion Brody of Jerusalem.

Baruch Levine composed this melody, and performs it ever so beautifully. Enjoy! May you have nothing but happy occasions in your family, and joy from your offspring, amen!


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Robert G van Dijk

Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah!

May Yaacov Yosef always be a source of naches to his parents and grandparents, may he grow in Torah and Mitzvot and fulfill the dreams that his parents and grandparents have for him.

Blessings & Love always

Robert Gabel van Dijk, Amsterdam, Holland

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