Prayers

Ahavat Olam

אהבת עולם

(“With eternal love You have loved the House of Israel.”)  Because the Shema asks us to love God with all our heart, the preceding blessings speak of God’s love for us, setting the example for this mutual relationship.  Ahavat Olam is the evening service version, and its  parallel blessing, Ahava Rabba, (“With great love”) is found in the morning liturgy.  Since it is discussed in the Talmud, we know its origins are ancient.  It mirrors themes found in the Shema, including observing the mitzvot (commandments), calling them “our lives and the length of our days,” and asking us to contemplate them day and night.

Examples

Cantor Samuel Zimelman

A Song and a Prayer

Cantorial Music in Maine​