Shabbat Blessings

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One of the features of the Friday night Shabbat meal at home are the blessings. They are both songs and prayers, our gratefulness for the week that just passed as well as the rest which we are now entering.

The songs presented here are one interpretation of performing the Shabbat blessings. These songs can be found (along with many others) on Robyn Shippel's CD "Shabbat Rocks."

 

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The Candles

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As the sun sets and Shabbat begins, the candles are lit and these words are recited:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam,
asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vitzivanu

l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the unvierse,
who sanctified us with the commandment
of lighting Shabbat candles.

 

Kiddush: Wine or Grape Juice

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The person or people saying kiddush raises the cup and recites:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam,
borei peri hagafen
.

Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the unvierse,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.

 

Click here for the full text of the Friday evening kiddush prayer.

 

 

Motzei: Challah or bread

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This prayer is traditionally recited over two loaves of bread or challah:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם  הָמ וֹציא  לֶחם מן  הַארץ

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam,
hamotzee lehem min ha'aretz
.

Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the unvierse,
Who creates bread from the earth.

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