Fright Night Blessings for Home and Community

Blessing the candles to begin Shabbat

As the sun sets and Shabbat begins, the candles are lit and these words are recited:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vitzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.

I praise Adonai, the Eternal One and Ruler over all, for teaching us the commandment of greeting the Shabbat by lighting the candles.

Blessing for the wine

The person or people saying kiddush raises the cup and recites:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri hagafen

I praise Adonai, the Eternal One and Ruler over all, for creating the grapes of the vine.

Blessing for the Challah (Hamotzi)

This prayer is traditionally recited over two loaves of bread or challah:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם הָמוֹציא לֶחם מן הַארץ

Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, hamotzee lehem min ha’aretz

I praise Adonai, the Eternal One and Ruler over all, for bringing forth bread from the earth.

For a more complete list of Blessings and audio links, go to URJ’s website:

http://urj.org/holidays/shabbat/blessings/