Shabbat Blessing for Spouses
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Shabbat Blessing for Spouses
Take a moment to turn to one another and offer words of love and appreciation. These blessings need not be restricted just to people who are married, they can be offered by and for any loving partner.
For a woman:
אֵֽשֶׁת חַֽיִל מִי יִמְצָא וְרָחֹק מִפְּנִינִים מִכְרָהּ. בָּֽטַח בָּהּ לֵב בַּעְלָהּ וְשָׁלָל לֹא יֶחְסָר
פִּֽיהָ פָּתְחָה בְחָכְמָה וְתֽוֹרַת חֶֽסֶד עַל לְשׁוֹנָהּ. קָֽמוּ בָנֶֽיהָ וַיְאַשְּׁרֽוּהָ בַּעְלָהּ וַיְהַלְלָהּ. רַבּוֹת בָּנוֹת עָֽשׂוּ חָֽיִל וְאַתְּ עָלִית עַל כֻּלָּֽנָה
Eishet Chayil mi yimtza, v’rakhok mi’pninim michrah.
Batakh bah lev ba’alah, v’shalal lo yekhsar.
Piha pat’cha v’chochmah, v’torat chesed al l’shonah.
Kamu vaneha v’ya’ashruhah, ba’alah vay’hal’lah.
Rabot banot asu chayil, v’at alit al kulanah.
A woman of valor, who can find? Her worth is far beyond rubies.
Her husband trusts in her, and lacks for nothing.
Her lips are full of wisdom, her mouth with loving-kindness.
Her children rise and bless her, her husband sings her praises:
“Many women have done well, but you surpass them all!” (Proverbs 31)
For a man:
מִי הָאִישׁ הֶחָפֶץ חַיִּים אוֹהֵב יָמִים לִרְאוֹת טוֹב
נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה
סוּר מֵרָע וַעַשֵׂה טוֹב בַּקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְרָדְפֵהוּ
Mi ha-ish, he-hafetz hayim, ohev yamim lir’ot tov?
N’tzor l’shon’kha mei’ra, u’sfotecha mi-daber mirma.
Sur mei’ra va’aseh tov, bakesh shalom v’rod’feihu
Who is the man who is eager for life, who hopes for long days of good fortune?
He guards his tongue from speaking deceit, he turns from evil and does good, he desires peace and pursues it. (Psalm 34)
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