img_6844.jpgWe start every Sabbath remembering and thanking God for his blessings on us.

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotov v’tzivanu
l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat

Blessed are you LORD our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of the Sabbath.

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam
boray pree hagawfen

Blessed are you LORD our God, King of the Universe, creator of the fruit of the vine.

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam
ha-motzi lechem min ha’aretz

Blessed are you LORD our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

I’m afraid we’re not nearly as meditative about it as this blogger is, though her entry is inspiring!  But the weekly tradition of lighting the candles, baking a special loaf of bread, drinking wine (and grape juice for the kids), and keeping the Sabbath evening free of the normal clutter of daily life is something we all look forward to.  It helps us remember throughout the week that God is right here with us.

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