Cup, Challah and Candle Woodshapes
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The bracha (blessing) for the Sabbath lights is as follows:
Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Blessed are you Lord, our G-d, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the lights of Shabbat.
Candles are also lit on other holidays, to mark the beginning of Yom Tov. On these occasions, (High Holidays, Succot, Pesach, Shavuot and others) the following blessing is recited:
Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov.
Blessed are you Lord, our G-d, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the lights of Yom Tov (this holiday.)
On the first night of these holidays, the above blessing is generally followed immediately by the Shehecheyanu:
Baruch Ata Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu, v’kiymanu, v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.
Blessed are you Lord, our G-d, Ruler of the universe, who has given us life, and sustained us and brought us to this time.
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Related Activities and Lessons:
1. Make a pair of candlesticks from a kit.
2. Learn or review the candle blessings and/or Kiddush for Shabbat.
3. Learn songs for Shabbat.
4. Plan a Kabbalat Shabbat: include songs, readings about Shabbat, candle lighting and, if possible, Kiddush and dinner for the whole class, or for smaller groups each week.
5. Do a Kabbalat Shabbat, as above, at a Jewish nursing or retirement home for the residents there, and/or present finished candlesticks to the residents for their own use. Or help them to make their own candlesticks from kits.
6. Write a story about an old pair of candlesticks.Share stories in class, or make up and copy a booklet of them to distribute.
7. Interview grandparents or residents at a retirement home about Shabbat customs— where their candlesticks came from, how they light candles—how many, etc. Be sure to find out where they came from or grew up. Make up a book comparing customs of different people and the different places where they lived.
Study and Review Questions:
1. When and where are Shabbat candles lit?
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