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100 Shabbat Celebrations Booklet


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Booklet of Blessings, Prayers and Selected Readings – This booklet is meant to be read left to right and is written in order of the blessings in English and Hebrew, with transliterations. You can find it online at and print it out as needed for your Shabbat guests.

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100 Shabbat Celebrations Booklet

  1. 1. 100ShabbatCELEBRATIONS in honor ofThe Jewish Federation’s CentennialSelected Blessings and Readings September 9, 2011
  2. 2. Lighting of Candles The candles are lit before the blessing is recited. Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olamBlessed are you, Ado-nai, our God, sovereign of the universe asher kid’shanu b’mitz-votav v’tzivanu who hallows us with mitzvot, l’hadlik neir shel Shabbat. commanding us to kindle the light of Shabbat.
  3. 3. Blessing of Children For A Boy For A GirlY’simcha Elohim k’Efrayim v’chiM’nasheh Y’simech Elohim k’Sarah Rivkah Rachel v’LeahMay God inspire you to live like May God inspire you to live like Ephraim and Menasseh Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah For Both Boys and Girls Y’varech’cha Ado-nai v’yishm’recha. Ya-eir Ado-nai panav eilecha vichuneka. Yisa Ado-nai panav eilecha v’yaseim l’cha shalom. May God bless you and keep you. May God’s light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you. May you feel God’s Presence within you always, and may you find peace.
  4. 4. Shalom AleichemShalom Aleichem malachei hasharet malachei elyon,mimelech mal’chei hamlachim, Hakadosh Baruch Hu.Bo’achem l’shalom malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,mimelech mal’chei hamlachim, Hakadosh Baruch Hu.Bar’chuni l’shalom malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,mimelech mal’chei hamlachim, Hakadosh Baruch Hu.Tzeit’chem l’shalom malachei hashalom, malachei elyon,mimelech mal’chei hamlachim, Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Peace be to you, O ministering angels, messengers of the Most High Majesty of majesties, Holy One of Blessing Enter in peace, O ministering angels, messengers of the Most High Majesty of majesties, Holy One of Blessing Bless me with peace, O ministering angels, messengers of the Most High Majesty of majesties, Holy One of Blessing Depart in peace, O ministering angels, messengers of the Most High Majesty of majesties, Holy One of Blessing
  5. 5. Eshet Chayil: A Woman of ValorEshet Chayil mi yimtza, v’rachok mi’pninim michrah.Batach bah lev ba’lah, v’shalal lo yechsar.G’malat’hu tov v’lo ra kol y’mei chayeha.Darsha tsemer ufishtim, va-ta-as b’chefetz kapeha.Hay’tah ko-oniyot socher, mimerchak tavi lachma.Va-takom b’od lailah, va’titen teref l’veitah v’chok l’na’aroteha.Zam’mah sadeh v’tikachehu, mi-pri chapeha nat’ah karem.Chag’rah v’oz motneha, vat’ametz z’ro’oteha.Ta’m’a ki tov sachrah, lo yichbe valayla nerah.Yadeha shilcha vakishor, v’kapeha tam’chu phalech.Kapah par’sah le-ani, v’yadehah shil’cha la-evyon.Lo tira l’veitah mi-shaleg, ki chol beitah l’vush shanim.Marvadim as’tah lah, shesh v’argaman l’vushah.Nodah ba-sha’arim ba’lah, b’shivto im ziknei aretz.Sadin as’tah v’timkor, v’chagor nat’nah la-kna’ani.Oz v’hadar l’vushah, vatischak l’yom acharon.Piha pat’cha v’chochmah, v’torat chesed al l’shonah.Tsofiya halichot beita, v’lechem atzlut lo tochel.Kamu vaneha va-y’ashruhah, ba’alah vay’hal’lah.Rabot banot asu chayil, v’at alit al kulanah.Sheker hachen v’hevel hayofi, ishah yir’at Ado-nai hi tit’halal.T’nu lah mi-p’ri yadeha, vihal’luha va-sh’arim ma-aseha. (continued)
  6. 6. Eshet Chayil: A Woman of Valor A woman of strength, who can find? Her worth is far beyond pearls. Her husband’s heart trusts in her, and he has no lack of gain. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and linen, and works with willing hands. She is like a ship laden with merchandise, bringing her food from afar. She rises while it is still night, providing food for her household, portions for her maids. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and braces her arms for her tasks. She sees that her business goes well; her lamp does not go out at night. She holds the distaff in her hand, and grasps the spindle with her palms. She reaches out her palm to the poor, and extends her hand to the needy. She has no fear for her family when it snows, for all her household is clothed in crimson wool. She makes elegant coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple wool. Her husband is well known in the gates, where he sits with the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue. She watches over the ways of her household,and never eats the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her happy; her husband also praises her: “Many women have excelled; but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive and beauty vain; it is the God-fearing woman who deserves praise. Give her the reward she has earned; let her deeds bring her praise in the gates. Alternate Version The woman of valor - a priceless find, a treasure more precious than pearls. An unfailing asset to her husband, she assures him a life of contentment.Eager, engergetic, far-sighted, and strong, her family knows she will always be near. Her optimism never wavers, her industriousness never flags. She extends a hand to the poor, she offers her hands to the needy. She projects strength and dignity, and is confident about the future. Her speech abounds with wisdom, she soothes everyone with words of kindness. Her children bring her fulfillment, her husband sings her virtues: “Many women have excelled, but you surpass them all.” Charm is a mask and beauty is vain, but a righteous woman is deserving of praise. Her handiwork attests to her merit; all her actions bring her honor.
  7. 7. Ashrei Eesh: Blessed Is the Man (In Praise of the Man of the Household; from Psalm 112) Blessed is the man who reveres Ado-nai, who delights in God’s commandments. His descendants will be honored in the land, a generation of the upright, they will be blessed.Prosperity fills his household, his righteousness is enduring. Even in the darkness, light shines for the upright, for the one who is gracious, compassionate, and just. All goes well with the man who is generous, whose dealings are marked by integrity. He shall never be shaken, his kindness will always be remembered. Evil tidings do not frighten him; his mind is firm, trusting in Ado-nai. His heart is steady, he will not be fearful, for his enemies are destined to be overcome. He has given freely to the poor; his goodness is an inspiration to others; his life is exalted in honor.
  8. 8. Kiddush: Blessing Over Wine or Grape Juice Short Version Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olam Blessed are you, Ado-nai our God, sovereign of the universe borei p’ri hagafen. Creator of the fruit of the vine. Full VersionVay’hi erev vay’hi voker yom hashishi.Vay’chulu hashamayim veha-aretz v’chol tz’va-am.Vay’chal Elohim bayom hash’vi-i m’lachto asher asah.Vayishbot bayom hash’vi-i mikol m’lachto asher asah.Vay’varech Elohim et yom hash’vi-i va-y’kadesh oto.Ki vo shavat mikol m’lachto asher barah Elohim la’asot. The heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array. On the seventh day God finished the work that God had been doing, and God ceased on the seventh day from all the work that God had done. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy; because on it God ceased from all the work of creation that God had done.
  9. 9. Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olamborei p’ri hagafen.Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olam,asher kid’shanu b’mitz-votav v’ratzah vanu.v’Shabat kodsho b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinchilanu,zikaron l’maaseih v’reishit.Ki hu yom t’chilah l’mikraei kodesh, zecher litziatMitzrayim. Ki vanu vacharta v’otanu kidashtamikol ha-amim. V’Shabat kodsh’cha b’ahavahuv’ratzon hinchaltanu.Baruch atah Ado-nai, m’kadeish HaShabat. Praised are You, Ado-nai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. Praised are You, Ado-nai our God, Sovereign of the universe who finding favor with us, sanctified us with mitzvot. In love and favor, You made the holy Shabbat our heritage as a reminder of the work of Creation. As first among our sacred days, it recalls the Exodus from Egypt. You chose us and set us apart from the peoples. In love and favor You have given us Your holy Shabbat as an inheritance. Praised are You, Ado-nai, who sanctifies Shabbat.
  10. 10. Netilat Yadaim: Rinsing of Hands before Eating Bread Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olam Blessed are you, Ado-nai our God, sovereign of the universe asher kid’shanu b’mitz-votav v’tzivanu al n’tilat yadayim. instilling in us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to rinse our hands. Ha-Motzi: Blessing Over Bread Baruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olam Praised are You, Ado-nai our God, who rules the universe, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz. bringing forth bread from the earth. The meal is served.
  11. 11. Birkat Ha-Mazon: Thanksgiving for the Meal Short Version Baruch atah Ado-nai, hazan et ha-kol. Blessed are You, Ado-nai our God, who feeds all life. Full Version Shir Hama’alot: A Song for TranscendingsShir Hama’alot, b’shuv Ado-nai et shivat tziyonhayinu k’chol’mim. Az y’male s’chok pinuulshoneinu rina. Az yom’ru vagoyim higdil Ado-naila’asot im eleh; higdil Ado-nai la’asot imanuhayinu s’meichim. Shuva Ado-nai et sh’viteinuka’afikim banegev. Hazor’im b’dimah b’rinahyiktzoru. Haloch yelech uvacho, nosei meshechhazara, bo yavo v’rinah nosei alumotav. When Ado-nai carried the captives back to Zion We thought we were in a dream. Our mouth was filled with laughter then, Our tongue with song, Among the nations there was wonder then, “How grandly has God dealt with these people!” How grandly has God dealt with us! We were so happy… Carry our captives back, O God, In torrents turning desert streams to flood, Then those who sow with weeping Will reap with joy, Those who trudge the row, watering with tears their trail of seed, When they come back that way again, Will march with song, erect, Their arms uplifted, sheaves piled high!
  12. 12. Zimun: Invitation to Praise the Provider Leader Rabotai (or, Cha-vei-rai v’chavei-rotai) n’varech. Friends, let us praise God! Participants Yehi shem Ado-nai m’vorach me-ata v’ad olam Let the Name of God be praised from this moment to the end of time. Leader Bir’shut mara-nan verabanan v’rabotai (or, Bir’shut cha-vei-rai v’chavei-rotai), n’varech (if ten or more are present, Elo-heinu) sheachalnu mishelo. With the permission of our friends here gathered, let us praise (if ten or more are present, our God,) the One of whose bounty we have eaten. Participants Baruch (if ten or more are present, Elo-heinu) sheachalnu mishelo, uvetuvo chayinu. Praised be (if ten or more are present, our God,)the One of whose bounty we have eaten and through whose goodness we survive. Leader Baruch hu uvaruch shemo! Praised be You! Praised be Your Name!
  13. 13. The First Blessing: For Food AllBaruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu melech ha-olam,hazan et haolam kulo betuvo, bechen becheseduverachamim. Hu noten lechem lechol basar, kile-olam chasdo, uvetuvo hagadol tamid lo chasarlanu, ve-al yechsar lanu mazon le-olam vaed,baavur shemo hagadol, ki hu El zan umefarnes lakol,umetiv lakol umechin mazon lechol briotav asherbara. Baruch atah Ado-nai, hazan et hakol. You are praised, Ado-nai our God, Ruler of time and space, Who feeds the world, all the world, With goodness and grace, love and compassion. You give bread to all flesh, For the love with which You sealed Your covenant with humanity is eternal. Because of Your great goodness, Your great Name, There is no lack of food for us, There should never be any lack of food for us, For You are a God who feeds and sustains all life, Who does good for all things, Who prepares food for all Your creatures Whom You created. You are praised, Ado-nai our God, Who feeds all life.
  14. 14. The Second Blessing: For the LandNodeh lecha Ado-nai Elo-heinu al shehinchaltalaavoteinu (uleimoteinu) eretz chemda tovaurechava, ve-al shehotzeitanu Ado-naiElo-heinu meeretz Mitzrayim ufeditanu mibeitavadim,ve-al beritcha shechatamta bivesarenu(uvelibenu), ve-al Toratcha shelimadtanu,ve-al chukeha shehodatanu, ve-al chayim chenvachesed shechonantanu, ve-al achilat mazonsha-ata zan umefarnes otanu tamid, bechol yomuvechol et uvechol shaah. We thank You, Ado-nai our God, for bestowing on our fathers and mothers a pleasant land, good and broad, for bringing us out of the narrow land of Mitzrayim, ransoming us from the house of slaves and for Your covenant that You have sealed in our flesh (and on our heart); for Your Torah which You Yourselfhave taught us; for Your ancient laws that You have revealed to us; for life and grace and covenantal love which You have graciously given us; and for the eating of food with which You feed and sustain us always, every day, every season, every hour. hj-kf hpc lna lrc,h l,ut ohfrcnu lk ohsun ubjbt ubhvkt hh kfv kgu vcyv .rtv-kg lhvkt hh-,t ,frcu ,gcau ,kftu cu,ff /sgu okugk shn, /iuznv-kgu .rtv-kg hh v,t lurc lk-i,b rat Ve-al hakol Ado-nai Elo-heinu anachnu modim lach, umevarechim otach, yitbarach shimcha befi cholchai tamid le-olam vaed. Kakatuv: ve-achalta vesavata uverachta et Ado-nai Elohecha al ha’aretz hatova asher natan lach. Baruch atah Ado-nai, al ha’aretz ve-al hamazon.For everything, Ado-nai our God, we thank You and praise You–how praiseworthyis Your Name forever, in every place, at every moment, in the mouth of everythingthat lives! As it is written (Deuteronomy 8:10): “And you shall eat and you shall be satisfied and you shall praise Ado-nai your God for the good land which God has given you.” You are praised, Ado-nai, for the land and for food.
  15. 15. The Third Blessing: For SustenanceRachem Ado-nai Elo-heinu al Yisrael amechave-al Yerushalayim irecha ve-al Tziyon mishkankevodecha ve-al malchut beit David meshichechave-al habayit hagadol vehakadosh shenikra shimchaalav, Elo-heinu avinu re-einu zuneinu parneseinuvechalkeleinu veharvicheinu veharvach lanuAdo-nai Elo-heinu meheira mikol tzaroteinu,Vena al tatzricheinu Ado-nai Elo-heinu lo lideimatnat basar vadam velo lidei halvaatam,ki im leyadcha hameleiah hapetucha hakedoshaveharechava, shelo nevosh velo nikalem le-olam vaed. Shed compassion over this people Israel that You created, Ado-nai our God: overJerusalem, Your own city; over Zion, the resting place of Your glory; over the realm of the house of David, Your anointed messiah; and over the great and holy House over which Your Name is spoken, Our God, our Father and our Mother, shepherd us, feed us, nurture us, sustain us, relieve us, grant us relief soon, Ado-nai our God, from all our sorrows! And pray, do not make us dependent on the hand of other people, through gifts or loans, but only on Your hand, full and open, holyand generous, that we might never be disgraced or degraded at any time, in any place, Insertion: A Shabbat Prayer Retzei vehachalitzeinu Ado-nai Elo-heinu be-mitzvotecha uvemitzvat yom hashevii haShabat hagadolvehaka-dosh ha-zeh. Ki yom zeh gadol vekadosh hu lefanecha, lishbot bo velanuach bo be-ahava kemitzvat retzonecha, uvirtzoncha haniach lanu Ado-nai Elo-heinu shelo tehei tzara veyagon vaanacha beyom menuchateinu vehareinu Ado-nai Elo-heinu benechamat Tziyon irecha uvevinyan Yerushalayim ir kodshechaki atah hu baal hayeshuot uvaal hanechamot. Favor us with a mind at peace, Ado-nai our God, as we strive to fulfill Your mitzvot, especially the mitzvah of the Seventh Day, Shabbat, so grand and holy. For this grand and holy day exists in Your presence, lovingly to cease work and to rest, according to the mitzvah with which You have favored us. For through Your favor, Ado-nai our God, it has given us rest, that there might be no sorrow, no pain, nogrief, on this day of our rest. Instead, Ado-nai our God, show us the comforting of Zion Your city and the rebuilding of Jerusalem Your holy city, for You are the source of victory over all enemies, You are the source of comfort.
  16. 16. The Third Blessing continued: A Prayer for Jerusalem Uvnei Yerushalayim ir hakodesh bimheira veyameinu. Baruch atah Ado-nai, boneh verachamav Yerushalayim. Amen. And rebuild Jerusalem, Your holy city, quickly, while we are still alive. You are praised, Ado-nai, who with compassion is rebuilding Jerusalem. Amen. The Fourth Blessing: For GoodBaruch atah Ado-nai, Elo-heinu, melech ha-olam,haEl avinu malkeinu adireinu boreinu goaleinuyotzreinu kedosheinu kedosh Yaakov. Ro-einuroei Yisrael, hamelech hatov vehameitivlakol, shebechol yom vayom hu heitiv hu meitiv huyeitiv lanu, hu gemalanu hu gomleinu hu yigmeleinulaad, lechen lechesed ulerachamim ulerevach hatzalavehatzlacha beracha vishua nechama parnasavechalkala, verachamim vechayim veshalom vecholtov, umikol tuv le-olam al yechasreinu. You are praised, Ado-nai our God, ruler over time and space,God ourMotherfather, our Sovereign, our Might, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Shaper, Source of our holiness, Holy One of Jacob, our Shepherd, Shepherd of Israel,Sovereign who is good and does good for all. Every single day You have done good,You do good, and may You continue to do good for us. You have been kind to us, You are kind to us, and may You continue to be kind to us, showing us grace and love, compassion and redress, salvation and success, blessing and salvation, comfort, sustenance and support, compassion, long life and peace, and every goodness. May no goodness ever be lacking from us.
  17. 17. Concluding Prayers Harachaman hu yimloch aleinu le-olam va-ed. May the Compassionate One rule over us always, wherever we may be! Harachaman hu yitbarach bashamayim uva-aretz. May the Compassionate One be praised in the heavens and on earth! Harachaman hu yishtabach ledor dorim, veyitpaar banu lenetzach netzachim, veyit-hadar banu laad ule-olmei olamim.May the Compassionate One be hailed in every generation, glorified through us forever until eternity, adorned by us forever, until the end of time! Harachaman hu yefarneseinu bechavod. May the Compassionate One sustain us honorably. Harachaman hu yishbor uleinu me-al tzavareinu, vehu yolicheinu komemiyut le-artzeinu. May the Compassionate One break the yoke that bends our neck, and bring us walking upright into our land. Harachaman hu yishlach beracha meruba babayit hazeh ve-al shulchan zeh she-achalnu alav. May the Compassionate One send bountiful blessings to this house and upon this table on which we have eaten. Harachaman hu yishlach lanu et Eliyahu hanavi zachur latov, vivaser lanu besorot tovot yeshuot venechamot. May the Compassionate One send us Eliyahu haNavi,Elijah the Prophet, who is remembered for all his goodness! May he bestow on us the good news of righteous victories and messianic consolations. (continued)
  18. 18. Concluding Prayers A woman says: Harachaman hu yevarech oti (ve-et ishi) (ve-et zari) ve-et kol asher li. May the Compassionate One bless me (and my husband) (and our children) and all my family. A man says: Harachaman hu yevarech oti (ve-et ishti) (ve-et zari) ve-et kol asher li. May the Compassionate One bless me (and my wife) (and our children) and all my family. Those dining in their parents’ home say: Harachaman hu yevarech et avi mori baal habayit hazeh ve-et imi morati baalat habayit hazeh, otam ve-et beitam ve-et zaram ve-et kol asher lahem.May the Compassionate One bless my father and mother, my teachers, who guide this household, they and all who dwell here, their children, and all they have. Guests in a home say: Harachaman hu yevarech et baal habayit hazeh ve-et baalat habayit hazeh, otam ve-et beitam ve-et zaram ve-et kol asher lahem. May the Compassionate One bless those who guide this household, they and all who dwell here, their children, and all they have. All say: Otanu ve-et kol asher lanu, kemo shenitbarechu (imoteinu Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel veLeah, ve) avoteinu Avraham, Yitzchak, veYaakov, bakol, mikol, kol. Ken yevarech otanu kulanu yachad bivracha sheleima, venomar amen. May God bless all of us and all that belong to us, as You blessed (our mothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and ) our fathers Abraham, “with all” (Genesis 24:1), Isaac, “from all” (Genesis 26:33), and Jacob, “all” (Genesis 33:11.) So may God bless us all together, with a blessing of complete harmony, and let us say: Amen.
  19. 19. Bamarom yelamedu aleihem ve-aleinu zechut shetehei lemishmeret shalom, venisa veracha me-et Ado-nai utzedaka meiElohei yisheinu, venimtza chen vesechel tov be-einei Elohim ve-adam. May our merit be expounded on high, that it might safeguard our peace and welfare.Let a divine blessing be raised for us, and justice from the God who gives salvation. May we find grace and good understanding in the eyes of God and humanity. Harachaman hu yanchileinu yom shekulo Shabat,umenucha lechayei ha-olamim. May the Compassionate One bestow on us a day of total Sabbath, filled with the restfulness of the life to come. Harachaman hu yezakeinu limot hamashiach ulechayei ha-olam haba. May the Compassionate One let us merit seeing the days of the Messiah and the life of the World to Come. Migdol yeshuot malko veoseh chesed limshicho leDavid ulezaro ad olam. Oseh shalom bimromav hu yaaseh shalom aleinu ve-al kol Yisrael, ve-imru amen.God is a tower of salvation for the one who rules in God’s name, an eternal Provider of covenantal love for the one God has anointed, David and his seed. May the One who makes peace in the high places make peace over us and over all Israel. Amen.Yeru et Ado-nai kedoshav ki ein machsor lirei-av. Kefirim rashu vera-eivu vedorshei Ado-nai lo yachseru chol tov. Hodu lAdo-nai ki tov, ki le-olam chasdo, pote-ach et yadecha umasbia lechol chai ratzon. Baruch hagever asher yivtach bAdo-nai,vehaya Ado-nai mivtacho. Naar hayiti, gam zakanti, velo raiti tzadik ne-ezav vezaro mevakesh lachem. Ado-nai oz le-amo yiten, Ado-nai yevarech et amo vashalom. Revere Ado-nai, O holy ones, for nothing is lacking to those who revere the Eternal. Young lions are ever ravenous, but those who seek Ado-nai lack nothing of the good. Give thanks to Ado-nai who is good, whose love is eternal, opening Your hand andgiving every living thing the satisfaction of Your favor. Blessed is the person who trusts in Ado-nai, whose reliance is on God. A youth was I, and even as I age, never have Iseen a righteous person really abandoned, with children begging for bread. Ado-nai, You give strength to Your people. May You ever bless Your people with peace. Shabbat Shalom!
  20. 20. A Reading from One of Our Community RabbisWe wrestle with Torah every Shabbat and every holiday, every Mondayand every Thursday…It is not easy to wrestle with Torah. You getwounded…You have to look at yourself in the mirror of the text…andmaybe see parts of yourself you prefer not to notice. And you do ityear after year after year, and each year you see something different,something new. The texts haven’t changed… but you have. Rabbi Laura Geller is Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, California
  21. 21. A Reading from One of Our Community RabbisIf the Jew observes Shabbos and the world doesn’t know it, has the Jewobserved Shabbos? If the world is unchanged by our Shabbos, have weaccomplished G-d’s purpose in commanding us to observe it? If theanswer is “no” (and I think it is), then there is another vital dimensionof Shabbos that we need to explore. It’s a dimension that we’ll call“observing Shabbos on Tuesday”. Toward what end do we replicate,over and over again, the seven-day framework within which G-dcreated the universe? Toward recognizing, ever more deeply with eachsuccessive repetition of the cycle, that we are employees in the Divineworkshop; employees charged with preserving and enhancing ourheavenly employer’s project. It is thus on Tuesdays and Thursdays andSundays that the impact of our Shabbos observance must be felt.Shabbos is a terrific thing. So what are you doing next Tuesday? Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky leads B’nai David-Judea Congregation in Los Angeles, California
  22. 22. A Reading from One of Our Community Rabbis I love to change the world, But I rarely appreciate things as they are. I know how to give, But I don’t always know how to receive. I know how to keep busy, But I don’t often listen. I look, but I don’t often see. I yearn to succeed, But I often forget what is truly important. Teach me, God, to slow down. May my resting revive me. May it lead me to wisdom, to holiness To peace and to You. Rabbi Naomi Levy is the founder and spiritual leader of Nashuvah in Venice, California
  23. 23. A Reading from One of Our Community RabbisIN A DISCUSSION OF SHABBAT, Adin Steinsaltz writes that we must dono work on the Sabbath-not even work on our souls. Yet we know that oursouls are supposed to be elevated on Shabbat, that we should reach higheron Shabbat than we do during the week. How can that be if for the entireday we do not strive spiritually?I remember when I was learning to swim. The hardest part was floating.Swimming is about propulsion: One must kick, stroke, move. But floatingasks us to be still, to trust in the buoyancy of the water. Swimming is work;floating takes faith.In the ocean it is sometimes necessary to swim, but the swimmer goesbeneath the wave while the floater rides its crest. Similarly, the one whoworks on himself or herself all week should aim to float on Shabbat.Floating will carry you higher than the often strenuous effort of the week.On Shabbat we are to consider the week’s tasks complete: Shabbat asks us totrust the wave of God’s world.This Shabbat, do not work on the world or on yourself. Save that for theother six days, and when Shabbat comes, float. Rabbi David A.Wolpe is Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles, California
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