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Gather up the family or find a cozy place for yourself to kindle Shabbat Shalom on Friday night just before sunset. Join millions of people all over the world who observe the Jewish Sabbath with personal and family traditions, andkindle the lights at home each week.
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ShabbosChic FridayLight Shabbat candlesRabbi Wayne Dosick explains in his book, Soul Judaism, "When understood and performed with its original spiritual intent, the lighting of the Sabbath candles can be a sublime moment, an ecstatic moment, a moment of supreme holiness.

For lighting the Shabbas candles can be our weekly connection to God, the Creator, and to the exact moment of creation...

And what was God's very first act of Creation? The Bible reports, 'God said, "Let there be light.'" (Genesis 1:3)

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Abraham Joshua Heschel
and Me
by Mia Sherwood Landau
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's famous book, The Sabbath, was first published in 1951, the year I was born. And I was born on a Sabbath, too. Perhaps my love for the seventh-day Sabbath comes naturally, although I had to discover it on my own many years later.

The first time I read Heschel's little book, a deep, peaceful, confident relationship began to grow. It was a relationship between my eternal soul and the Sabbath Day, and I knew it was a real relationship that would last.

Having a special relationship with the last day of the week, every week, is completely different than relationships with family, friends, pets or even with possessions. In the first few pages of The Sabbath, Heschel says:

"There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord."

I sincerely wanted to experience that realm of time, and even wanted it to become a habit.

My soul relationship with the Sabbath has led me to that special realm of time over and over, from Friday night at sunset through Saturday night at dusk. I have a whole day to explore a relationship that brings both peace and confidence to my soul. And I can look forward to it every week.

What a joy to know I am beginning to understand what Heschel means when he says, "The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments."


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Wikipedia reminds us that, "Shabbat is ushered in by lighting candles and reciting a blessing." Here is the sound of the candle blessing when it is spoken in Hebrew, along with the English translation of the blessing:


Blessing Over The Shabbat Candles

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments
and commanded us

l'had'lik neir shel Shabbat. (Amein)
to light the lights of Shabbat. (Amen)

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Blessing Over The Cup Of Wine

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

borei p'ri hagafen (Amein)
Who creates the fruit of the vine (Amen)

Judaism 101 provides the entire Kiddush, sanctifying Creation
as well as the fruit of the vine, and concluding with these words:

Barukh atah Adonai m'kadeish hashabat (Amein).
Blessed are You, who sanctifies Shabbat (Amen)

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Blessing Over The Challah

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe

hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz. (Amein).
who brings forth bread from the earth. (Amen)

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Love transcends the rational. Love may be a choice, and may be a verb, but once it has begun, love shoots deep roots into the places within a human being where speech barely penetrates.
Braha Bender
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Butterfly poem used by permission from Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz
Visit his website www.paradiseprinciple.com
Rabbi Yitzchak uses the word "Hashem," which means "The Name" in Hebrew, to refer to the Creator of the Universe.

 BUTTERFLY

A grandfather was with his grandson
He showed him a caterpillar larvae
That would soon turn into a butterfly
He gave it to his grandson on one condition
That when it came time for the butterfly to appear,
The grandson wouldn’t interfere….


ShabbosChicChrysalisThe young boy –in the way of young boys,
Was transfixed and mesmerized
With his gift….
When it came time,
He watched in amazement and awe….
And did nothing to interfere
As the beautiful wing of the butterfly
Struggled to break free of the coarse shell


An hour passed then two and many more…
The boy couldn’t take it anymore,
And so he opened up this coarse shell
And the butterfly flew up in the air
And it flitted and flatted for a while
And then it flopped in a nose dive
To the ground –lifeless
And the boy was heart-broken

 
With tears in his eyes he told his grandfather
And the grandfather with compassion
Comforted the boy
And then he gave him the true gift,
The gift of the lesson to be learned….
He told him that when we want to be
The best that we can possibly be
And release our own butterfly wings
To fly free—unfettered and free,
The only way we can truly be free
Is when we sharpen our own wings
Against all the trials and tribulations….

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And when the time comes,
And Hashem,
in his ultimate compassion and wisdom
feels that we are ready,
feels that our wings are sharp enough
to fly to the highest places in the sky,
then we will know it
and we will fly


So know my dearest friend,
That all that you go through
Is all purposeful
Is all necessary
And soon, very soon…
You will simply
Spread out your beautiful wings
And fly
like you’ve never flown before

by Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz
www.paradiseprinciple.com

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