Light one candle, and use that candle to light the others.

Draw your hands up three times around the lights, toward your face, and then place them over your eyes to recite the following:

ברוך אתה יי אלהינו מלך העולם  אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של שבת

Ba-rukh a-ta A-do-nai, Elo-hei-nu me-lekh ha-olam, a-sher ki-d’shanu b’mitz-vo-tav,  v’tzi-va-nu l’had-lik ner shel Shabbat.

We praise God, ruler of everything, who made us holy through obligations, commanding us to light the Shabbat candles.

With your hands still over your eyes, you can use this private moment to pray for the welfare of those you love, and for anything that is important to you.

After the prayers are finished, remove your hands from your eyes and say “Good Shabbat”;  everyone answers “Good Shabbat.”


Type of Custom: Candlelighting

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Source: JewishBoston.com