The goal is to set the day apart, to remember that it is different and special.The woman of the house traditionally lights the candles, but it is lovely torotate this honor to everyone regardless of gender. The custom is to lightthe candles then to cover your eyes while saying the blessing. This gives yourfamily a chance to see the world transformed by the light of the candles whenyour eyes are opened at the end of the blessing. Some wave their hands overthe candles as ifscooping up the holiness of the flames. Two candles aretraditional but some families add a candle for every family member.
בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת
BA-RUKH A-TA A-DON-AI EL-O-HEY-NU MEL-EKH HA-O-LAM A-SHER KID’SHA-NU B’MITZ-VO-TAV VITZ-I-VA-NU L’HAD’LIK NER SHEL SHAB-BAT
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to light the Sabbath lights. [A traditional translation.]
Holy One of Blessing, Your Presence fills creation, You make us holy with Your commandments and calling us to light the lights of Shabbat. [An alternative translation from Vetaher Libenu, a prayerbook created by Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley.]
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