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You are eternally mighty, Adonai, reviving the dead, abundantly able to redeem us.

during the winter months (between Sukkoth and Pesach) add: Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall
during the summer months (between Pesach and Sukkoth) add: Who causes the dew to descend
With kindness do You sustain the living, and with great compassion do You revive the dead. You support the fallen, heal the sick, free the captives, and keep faith with those who sleep in the dust.

Who is like You, Source of mighty deeds? Who is like You, O King Who causes death and restores life and causes deliverance to spring forth?

In faithfulness do you revive the dead. Blessed are You, Adonai, Who revives the dead.

The gevurot is a declaration that God has the absolute power to accomplish our petitions. It focuses especially on the revival of the dead, a cardinal principle of rabbinic Judaism.

Biblical Judaism paid scant attention to life after death, stressing instead the consequences of obeying (or disobeying) God’s law in this world. During rabbinic times, however, it had become clear that “life wasn’t fair.” Wicked people and nations all too often prospered, whereas good people and obedient nations all too often suffered. The Jerusalem Temple had been destroyed once by Babylonia and was about to be destroyed a second time by Rome.

If justice were indeed to be found, said the rabbis, it must be in the World to Come. At the end of normal time, a descendant of King David would once again rule in Jerusalem, the Temple would be rebuilt, and the dead would be revived, as was foretold by the prophet Ezekiel (Chapter 37 verses 4-7, 12, 14):

Then God said to me “Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them: O ye dry bones, hear the word of Adonai… Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am Adonai.”

Thus saith the Lord God: “Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel… And I will put My spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I will place you in your own land; and ye shall know that I, Adonai, have spoken, and performed it.”

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