Songs For Shabbat
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Songs For Shabbat
Mah Yafeh HaYom
מַה יָפֶה הָיוֹם .שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם
Ma yafeh ha-yom, shabbat shalom. (2x)
Shabbat, shabbat shalom. (3x) Shabbat shalom
How beautiful is this day, a day of Shabbat peace!
Hinei Ma Tov
הִנֵה מַה-טּוֹב וּמַה-נָעִים .שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַם יָחַד
Hinei ma tov uma na-im Shevet achim gam yachad.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in harmony.
Am Yisrael Chai
עַם יִשְֹרָאֵל חַי
עוֹד אֲבִינוּ חַי
Am yisrael chai
Od aveenu chai
The Jewish People lives on.
Our ancestors live on in us.
Come let us sing a song of praise
Od Yavo Shalom
עוֹד יַבוֹא שָׁלוֹם עַלֵינוּ
עוֹד יַבוֹא שָׁלוֹם עַלֵינוּ וְעַל כּוּלַם
סַאלַאם עַלֵינוּ וְעַל כָל הָעוֹלָם
Od yavo shalom aleinu (x2)
Od yavo shalom aleinu v’al kulam.
Salaam, aleinu v’al kol ha’olam!
Salaam! Salaam! (2x)
Peace will still come to us, to us and everyone.
Salaam! Peace for us and the whole world.
No matter what temper tantrum or adolescent rebellion marked the week that is past, we take a moment to place our hands on our children’s heads and to offer them words of pure love.
The blessing for boys derives from Jacob’s blessing to his grandsons, Ephraim and Menashe, who are the first pair of siblings in the Bible who love each other rather than fight each other. The blessing for girls invokes the memory...
by Rabbi Shoshana Friedman,
Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA
Holy One of Blessing!
Grant us strength to be part of a holy uprising
A resistance against the forces of destruction
For we stand in witness of the unity of Creation.
Grant us patience to work well with others
In groups of fellow uprisers
To honor and uplift Your sacred name.
Grant us wisdom to...
Nearly all Jewish holiday begin with lighting candles, and so this one will, too. After we light the candles we wave our hands in three big horizontal circles to symbolically bring the light closer to us, and then cover our eyes while we say the blessing. When the blessing is over take a moment of silent reflection with your eyes covered, and then open your eyes and enjoy the beauty of candlelight, bringing you into the...
The shehechiyanu blessing thanks the creator for giving us life, sustaining us, and allowing us to reach this day. This blessing is said at momentous occasions, and tonight counts because it is the night when we can finally look back on the whole previous year. We made it! Whether bitter or sweet, difficult or fun, tonight we celebrate and feel grateful for making it to today, and to this table to reflect with people we...
We’ve done lots of looking backward, but now is the time to think forward. What are we hoping to accomplish in the coming year? What are we afraid of, and what are we excited about? What is one thing we hope to have accomplished by next Rosh Hashanah? Go around the table and lay out some goals for the year to come.
I started giving blessings at High Holiday services at my shul. I sat in the lobby and put up a sign on an empty chair offering blessings. Since then I've created a simple format and trained people. The "Blessing Booth" has become part of High Holiday services and many Friday evening services.
Giving a holy blessing is a beautiful thing. Anyone can learn to do it. It is brief, under five minutes. It is...
Wine or grape juice are also standards of nearly every Jewish holiday. Before we eat we take a moment to say a blessing over a glass of wine. In this special version Rosh Hashanah is called Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembering, and Yom Truah, the Day of Calling Out. Tonight during our meal we will do some remembering, and some calling out. We will also focus on the gratitude we feel for the past year, and all of the...
Named for the 15th day of the month of Shevat, this festival is known as the New Year of the Trees or the Tree's Birthday. Although it's hard to believe when you live in New England. this time of year is beginning of spring in the Middle East. The first almond blossoms have opened and the sap in the trees is beginning to rise. Therefore, it's traditional to eat fruits from Israel on Tu B'Shevat: figs, dates, grapes,...