Here are the words of the blessing for the challah:
בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָםהָמוֹציאלֶחם מןהַארץ
BA-RUKH A-TA A-DON-AI EL-O-HEY-NU MEL-EKH HA-O-LAM HA-MOTZ-I LECH-EM MIN HA-AR-ETZ.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth [A traditional translation.]
Our praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. [From Mishkan T’filah, a Reform prayerbook.]
The blessing for challah is a blessing for all the foodbrought to the table and a reminder to make thetime spent eating the beginning of the restful, joyful Shabbat. It is a time to avoid scolding or correcting manners and a time to avoid gossip and problem solving.
God rested on the seventh day and took the time to admire all that was created. Make it your goal to do the same. Take the time to look back at your weekand enjoy the family and friends who join with you to celebrate Shabbat.
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