God of All Generations: Avot v’Imahot (“Fathers and Mothers”)
In the Avot, we “formally present ourselves” to God, invoking the names of our ancestors. Traditionally, the names of the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – are recited. As liberal Jews, we also include the names of our matriarchs – Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel. The prayer begins and ends with “Blessed are You…”; as these words are recited, Jews bow in respect.
“Praised be our God, the God of our fathers and our mothers: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob; God of Sara, God of Rebekah, God of Leah and God of Rachel; great, mighty, and awesome God, God supreme.
Ruler of all the living, Your ways are ways of love. Your remember the faithfulness of our ancestors, and in love bring redemption to their children’s children for the sake of Your name.
You are our Sovereign and our Help, our Redeemer and our Shield. We praise You, Eternal One, Shield of Abraham, Protector of Sarah.” Listen to the Avot.