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Hashkiveinu is the second blessing following the Shema during Maariv. It is a petitionary prayer to be able to lie down in peace at night and to return to life the following day.[1]

Shabbat/Yom Tov version[edit]

On weekdays, this prayer ends with the words Shomer Amo Yisrael L'Ad. This is seen as appropriate for weekdays, when men go in and out in their weekday pursuits, and come in need of divine protection.[2]

On Shabbat and Yom Tov, a longer version of this blessing is recited. The blessing is ended with the words Who spreads the shelter of peace upon us, upon all of his people Israel, and upon Jerusalem. The words And spread over us the shelter of Your peace that are normally recited earlier in the paragraph are repeated prior to the closing. This is a reflection of the peace that comes along with these special days,[3] and that putting Jerusalem above everything else is important.


The prayer's text, in each of the Hebrew script, Hebrew as transliterated into the Roman alphabet, and English:

There may be slight differences, depending which nusach (regional liturgical rite) one follows.


  1. ^ The Siddur companion By Paul H. Vishny, page 702
  2. ^ The World of Prayer: Commentary and Translation of the Siddur By Elie Munk, page 13
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 336