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Humanistic Kabbalat Shabbat from the Home

a kiddush cup, bottle of wine, lit shabbos candles and a covered challah with a white challah cover with gold embroidery
וְנֹאהַב אֶת כֹּל הָעוֹלָם
“And we shall love the whole world”
 
 
Ai ai ya yai yai yai yai yai yai
ai yai yai yai yai yai
ai yai yai yai yai (x2)
 
 
HINEH MAH TOV
 
הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב וּמַה נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת עַמִים גַּם יַחַד
 
Hineh mah tov u-ma na’im shevet amim gam yakhad!
 
Behold how good and how pleasant it is, for people to dwell together, in harmony
 
This is how it ends. The week is winding down. Tired limbs and minds wait for rest. What is done is done, for good or ill. What has gone has gone, though it lingers with us still. The achievements and disappointments of the week live on, but soon will fade from memory. New challenges, fears and hopes will take their place. But not just yet… We are at the threshold. It is time to recall, then let go of, what we have done and what we have failed to do, the gains and mistakes we’ve made, our satisfactions and discontents. We pause for a moment, to catch the last gasps and glimmers of the week that has passed… And now it is time. Time to enter into Shabbat. We let go of the week that has passed and make space, and time, for something new to enter in. This is how it ends. And this is how we begin again: let our lives be renewed at this sacred time, when the end and the beginning become one.
 
NEROT SHABBAT CANDLE BLESSING
 
נְבָרֵךְ אֶת הָאוֹר בָּחַיִּים אֲשֶׁר מְחָדְשֵׁינוּ בְּמָסוֹרְתֵינוּ בּהַדלָקָת נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת
 
Nevarekh et haor baḥayim asher meḥadsheinu b’masorteinu b’hadlakat ner shel shabbat
 
We bless the light of life that renews us with our traditions as we kindle the shabbat lights.
 
SHALOM ALEIKHEM
 
Shalom aleikhem, ohavei ha-shalom shomrei shalom. Shalom aleikhem, rodfei hashalom, shalom aleikhem. Bo’akhem leshalom, ohavei hashalom tzeitkhem leshalom. Mi-yom zeh la-yamim haba-im shalom aleikhem. 
 
Shalom to you, lovers, guardians and pursuers of peace. Come in peace, lovers of peace, and go in peace from today till all the days to come
 
OR ZARU’A LATZADIK
 
א֖וֹר זָרֻ֣עַ לַצַּדִּ֑יק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי־לֵ֥ב שִׂמְחָֽה
 
Or zaru’a latzadik ul’yisherei lev simḥah
 
Light is sown for the just, and gladness for the upright in heart
 
 
 
Raising the glass:
 
Wine symbolises the power of people to be joyful together. We find grapes in nature, and we grow them in vineyards and squeeze them into juice and ferment the juice into wine. We find ourselves in families, in communities, in friendships, in partnerships, and part of a community. It is our creativity and our efforts that make our lives that much sweeter.
 
בָּרוּך הֶאוֹר בָּעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן
 
Barukh ha-or ba’olam, borei peri hagafen
 
Blessed is the light in the world, that brings for fruit from the vine.
 
Sip the wine:
 
לְחַיִּים
 
Leḥayyim!
 
To Life!
 
Raising the bread:
 
Food is a building block of life, and the seed of human connection. If we can eat and drink together, we can live and love together. The sharing of food is the beginning of generosity, and “breaking bread” is how we learn to care for each other. We learn this lesson every Shabbat by sharing food in the spirit of  community, friendship, and family.
 
בָּרוּך הֶאוֹר בָּעוֹלָם
בָּרוּך הָאוֹר בָּאָדָם     
הַמּוֹצִי לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ
 
Barukh ha-or ba’olam
Barukh ha-or ba-adam
Hamotzi leḥem min ha-aretz
 
Blessed is the light in the world and blessed the light of humanity, that brings forth bread from the earth
 
Share the bread
SHABBAT SHALOM
 
 
With thanks to the Society for Humanistic Judaism
Rabbi Miriam Jeffries
William D. Thompson
Rabbi Sherwin Wine z”l

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