A Humanistic Shabbat

shabbat-keep-calmA Humanistc Shabbat Candle Lighting at Home

WELCOMING SHABBAT

We pause at this turning of the day to honor:
Generations before us, and Generations yet to come
Times of Joy and Times of Sadness
Times of Hope and Times of Despair
Times of Freedom and times of Slavery
Times of Peace and Times of Strife
Times of Life and Times of Death

Memorial Silence is Observed

THE CANDLES

Our Ancestors lit the Candles of Shabbat, and we light them now;
a Light shining in the darkness, the Hope of the World.

The Candles are lit.

BARUKH HAOR BAOLAM
BARUKH HAOR BAADAM
BARUKH HAOR BASHABBAT

Radiant is the light in the world
Radiant is the light within people
Radiant is the light of Shabbat
Rabbi Sherwin Wine

THE WINE

We raise this cup of wine mindful of all it took for us to receive it.
The sun and soil and rain, gifts of Nature
The efforts and vision of our fellow human beings
Together bringing forth the Fruit of the Vine, the Cup of Life

B’RUKHEEM HAADAMA
HASHEMESH, V’HAGESHEM
ASHER YOTZRIM P’REE HAGAFEN

We rejoice in the earth,
the sun, and the rain,
which produces the fruit of the vine.
Rabbi Miriam Jerris

THE CHALLAH

As Grain is scattered upon the earth
Nurtured by sun and soil and rain
Cultivated and harvested by our fellow human beings
Ground and kneaded, formed and baked
Many grains becoming one Bread
So we who are many become One in the Bread of Life

B’RUKHEEM HAMOTSEE’EEM LEHEM
MEEN HAARETS

Happy are those who bring forth bread from the earth

Rabbi Sherwin Wine

THE PEACE

Shabbat Shalom!
Shabbat Shalom!

The Wine and Bread are shared

 

After the Meal

HIN-NAY MA TOV OO-MA-NA-EEM
SHE-VET A-HEEM GAM YA-HAD

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters
to celebrate together
Psalms 133:1

Shabbat Shalom

 

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