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.
It’s time to say thank you. To your host or to your guests. To the people who have supported you through the last year, and the people who inspire you going forward. Say a real thank you--be as specific as you can, because thank yous are like fuel--they power us for the year to come. And don’t forget to thank God (or the creator/the Universe/the mystical source of connection) one more time for the year you just had,...
We raise a glass and pronounce a toast to the Shabbat day, declaring it to be a celebration in remembrance of God’s resting from the work of Creation and our Exodus from Egypt.
Kiddush is made up of three parts — an opening paragraph drawn from the Book of Genesis, which recalls God’s resting on the seventh day, a blessing over the wine ( borei pri ha-gafen ), and a blessing for the Shabbat day (...
Introduce yourself to the people sitting on either side of you. Share a blessing that you received over the past week with them (“I had really great luck with parking spots today” “I got a good grade on a big exam this week” “I made it to exercise class three times this week and it felt wonderful and empowering”). If you can’t think of anything, just say, “I made it through the week to Shabbat!” After...
The Rosh Hashanah Seder finds its earliest written source in a peculiar menu whose symbolic significance is not revealed...and your dinner menu can include many of these items that can draw on our earliest history and connect us to our hopes and dreams for our present and our future.
"For a good omen on Rosh HaShanah one should make it a habit to eat squash [like pumpkin], legumes [like string beans], kartei...
[Pour a nearly full glass of red wine again and add just a few drops of white. Drink all.]
We now come to our final cup; the drops of white in the red remind us of the first cup of this seder and of the cyclical nature of the seasons. This final section represents what is invisible to the eye. Instead of eating fruit, we may enjoy sweet smells like cinnamon and rosemary. Beyond the cycle of eating is...
Salutation to the Dawn
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of achievement,
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a...
Reprinted fromThe Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by Oxford University Press.
Kiddush is the sanctification of the Sabbath.
On Friday night, when the Sabbath begins, the Kiddush ceremony is carried out before sitting down to the Sabbath meal. A cup of wine is filled and held in the hand by the person presiding, usually but not necessarily the father of the house, and the benediction over...