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Introduction
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The Talmud teaches that two ministering angels--one good and one evil--join each of us on the eve of the Sabbath. In response to this teaching, it is customary to acknowledge their presence by greeting them, blessing them, and seeking their blessing. The words to this song were written by the Kabbalists (Jewish Mystics) of the seventeenth century.

Shalom aleichem malachei hashareit, malachei elyon,
mimelech mal’chei ham’lachim hakadosh baruch hu.

Boachem l’shalom, malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,
mimelech mal’chei ham’lachim hakadosh baruch hu.

Bar’chuni l’shalom, malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,
mimelech mal’chei ham’lachim hakadosh baruch hu.

Tzeit’chem l’shalom, malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,
mimelech mal’chei ham’lachim hakadosh baruch hu.

Peace be to you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High, of the supreme Sovereign, the Holy One, ever to be praised. Enter in peace, O messengers of the Most High, of the supreme Sovereign, the Holy One, ever to be praised.
Bless us with peace, O messengers of the Most High, of the supreme Sovereign, the Holy One, ever to be praised.
Depart us in peace, O messengers of the Most High, of the supreme Sovereign, the Holy One, ever to be praised.

Candle Lighting
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Come learn the Shabbat dinner blessings with Isaac Zones! Isaac comes to dinner at Moishe House and gets a surprising challenge - can he lead the Shabbat dinner guests in four ritual blessings?! With a little help from our karaoke style video, you can too!

Blessing the Wine
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Kiddush

There is a commandment to recite or listen to Kiddush over a cup of wine or grape juice. One recites Kiddush while holding a full cup in one's right hand, and when the full blessing is finished everyone drinks. Some stand during Kiddush, others sit.

Vay’chulu hashamayim v’ha’aretz v’chol-tz’va’am. Vay’chal elohim bayom hash’vi’I, m’lachto asher asa. Vayishbot bayomhash’vi’Imikolm’lachto asher asa. Vay’vareich Elohim et-yom hash’vi’i vay’kadeish oto. Ki vo shavat mikol-m’lach’to asher-bara Elohim la’asot.

Now the sky, earth, and all their array was completed. With the seventh day God ended the work of creation, resting on the seventh day, with all the work done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, this day having completed the work of creation.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam,borei p’ri hagafen.
Baruch ata Adonai,Eloheinu melech ha-olam,asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’ratza vanu,
v’shabat kod’sho b’ahava uv’ratzon hinchilanu, zikaron l’ma’asei v’reisheet.

Ki hu yom t’chila l’mikra’ei kodesh,zeicher litziat Mitzrayim.
Ki vanu vacharta v’otanu kidashta mikol ha’amim, v’shabat kod’sh’cha b’ahava uv’ratzon hin’chaltanu.
Baruch ata Adonai, m’kadeish hashabat.

We bless You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe: You call us to sanctity with the Mitzvah of Shabbat--the sign of Your love, a reminder of Your creative work, and the freedom from Egyptian bondage: our day of days. On Shabbat especially, we respond to Your call to serve You as a holy people. We praise You, Adonai, for the holiness of Shabbat.

Hand Washing
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Netilat Yadayim After making Kiddush, some people choose to prepare for the blessing over bread by washing their hands. This is a ritual washing and is not necessarily for cleaning the hands. When one washes it is customary to first remove all jewelry from one's hands. After washing, there is a tradition to not speak until Hamotzi has been recited, but to sing a nigun (a song without words) until everyone present has finished washing. To perform the hand-washing ritual: fill a cup of water and pour it over your right hand three times. Next, take the cup in your right hand and pour it over your left hand three times. Say the following blessing before drying your hands: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitz'votav v’tzivanu al n'tilat yadayim. Praised be our Eternal God, Ruler of the universe: You hallow us with Mitzvot, and command us to wash our hands.

Blessing The Challah
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Hamotzi

Right before we begin Shabbat dinner, two uncut loaves of challah are uncovered. As they are raised, the following blessing is recited. After the blessing, the challahs are cut or torn into pieces which are distributed to everyone present. Some people lightly salt their piece of Challah before eating it, comparing it to a divine offering from temple times.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.

Praised be our Eternal God, Ruler of the universe: who brings forth the bread from the earth.