Prayer for Shabbat Candle Lighting
נֵר שֶל שַבָּת
Ner shel Shabbat
Shabbat Candles are lit by the (eldest) woman of the house no later than 18 minutes before sundown on Friday evening (before Shabbat begins).
After kindling the candles, she waives her hands over the flames three times (as if welcoming in the shabbat) and covering her eyes with her hands (so as not to see the burning)
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת׃
Baruch Atah HaShem (Adonai) Eloheinu Melech HaOlam Asher Kid'shanu BeMitzvotav Ve-Tzivanu Lehadlik Ner Shel Shabbat Amein
Blessed are Thou, Adonai, our G_d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with HIS commandments and commanded us to light the Shabbat candle(s). Amen
Zhùfú nǐ, shàngdì, wǒmen de shàngdì, yǔzhòu de zhǔzǎi, shuí shèngjié wǒmen tā de mìnglìng, mìnglìng wǒmen diǎnrán làzhú ānxírì (yīgè huò duō gè).
At this moment, when the family is gathered together, the woman may offer a silent or verbal prayers on behalf of her husband and children ( in generations past personal prayers in Yiddish called "techinot" were commonly said by Jewish women before doing a mitzvah and on special occasions
A minimum of two candles are lit corresponding to the two expressions of Shabbat mentioned in Exodus 20:8("Zachor" Remember) and Deuteronomy 5:12
("shamor" KEEP or GUARD).
Some women add an additional light with the birth of each child and continue lighting it throughout the years. The candlestick are often made of precious metal such as silver and may be family heirlooms
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