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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)

One of my biggest joys in life is grandchildren at my Shabbat table...

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."

It's our family custom to sing this lovely melody at the Bar Mitzvas of my grandsons, three generations with three-part harmony.

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, a wonderful Shabbat, 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


Beautiful! Will write down this tfillah. Thank you for sharing.

Mr. Cohen

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski MD:

Praises we hear about a departed person may be untruthful.

A more reliable measure of the person is the children and grandchildren who survived him. If they are upright, decent, G_d fearing people, it is likely because parents and grandparents modeled these traits for them.

SOURCE: Reading for Adar 14 from Wisdom Each Day by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski MD, year 2000 CE, Mesorah Publications.

Mr. Cohen

Baba Sali, the famous Sephardic tzaddik [who lived from 1889 to 1984 CE] said that the life of a certain soldier had been saved through the merit of his having cleaned up the beth medrash and having straightened the chairs, when the rest of the troops had finished praying.

Something to Say (page 168) by Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, 1998 CE

Mr. Cohen

Rabbi Yerachmiel of Kozhnitz (the 6th Kozhnitzer Rebbe,
who died 13 Elul 1909 CE) said:

“Thank G_d, I am not jealous of a single soul, except
those Jews who have been able to go to Eretz Yisrael.”

Something to Say (page 98) by Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, 1998 CE

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