Various Prayers & Blessings

Shabbat Candle-Lighting Blessings

Use your hands to cover your eyes from the flames and recite the blessing while your eyes are covered.
 
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת.
Transliteration:
Baruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Sha-bbat.

Translation:
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of Shabbat.
 
After reciting the blessing, it is customary for women to stand with their eyes closed and thank G-d for health, happiness and prosperity. A traditional women’s prayer is also recited:
 

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ, יְיָ אֱלֹהַי אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁתְּחוֹנֵן אוֹתִי וְאֶת אִישִׁי (וְאֶת בְּנִי וְאֶת אָבִי וְאֶת אִמִּי) וְאֶת כֹּל קְרוֹבַי, וְתִתֶּן לָנוּ וּלְכָל יִשְׂרָאֵל חַיִּים טוֹבִים וַאֲרֻכִּים, וְתִזְכְּרֵנוּ בְּזִכְרוֹן טוֹבָה וּבְרָכָה, וְתִפְקְדֵנוּ בִּפְקֻדַּת יְשׁוּעָה וְרַחֲמִים, ותברכנו בְּרַכּוּת גְּדוֹלוֹת, וְתַשְׁלִים בֵּיתֵנוּ וְתַשְׁכֵּן שְׁכִינָתְךָ בֵּינֵינוּ, וְזַכֵּנוּ לְגַדֵּל בָּנִים וּבְנֵי בָנִים חֲכָמִים וּנְבוֹנִים אוֹהֲבֵי יְיָ, יִרְאֵי אֱלֹהִים, אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת זֶרַע קֹדֶשׁ, בַּיְיָ דְּבֵקִים וּמְאִירִים אֶת הָעוֹלָם בְּתּוֹרָה וּבְמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים וּבְכָל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבוֹדַת הַבּוֹרֵא. אָנָּא, שְׁמַע אֶת תְּחִנָּתִי בִּזְכוּת שָׂרָה וְרִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה אִמּוֹתֵינוּ, וְהָאֵר נֵרֵנוּ שֶׁלֹּא יִכְבֶּה לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד, וְהָאֵר פָּנֶיךָ וְנִוָּשֵׁעָה. אָמֵן.
 
May it be Your will, Lord my God and God of my fathers, to be gracious to me and to my spouse, (and to my children, father and mother) and to all
my family; grant us and all Israel good and long life; remember us for good and blessing; consider us for salvation and compassion; bless us with great blessings; make our household complete, crowning our home with the feeling of Your Divine Presence dwelling among us. Make me worthy to raise learned children and grandchildren, who are wise and understanding, who love and fear God, people of truth, holy and attached to God, who will dazzle the world with Torah and goodness and service of God. Please hear our prayers, in the merit of our matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and ensure that the glow of our lives will never be dimmed. Show us the glow of Your face and we will be saved. Amen.

Look at the Shabbat candles and greet your family with “Shabbat Shalom” or “Good Shabbos”.

 

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