Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Shabbat Evening Home Ritual

Shabbat Evening Home Ritual

Setting the Table

The sabbath table should be set with at least two candles (representing the dual commandments to remember and observe the sabbath), a glass of wine or grape juice, and at least two loaves of challah (representing the dual portion of manna that God provided for the Israelites in preparation for Shabbat in the desert). The challah loaves should be whole, and should be covered with a bread cover, towel or napkin.

Blessing over Candles

Candles

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

Candles
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us

Candles
l'had'lik neir shel Shabbat. (Amein)
to light the lights of Shabbat. (Amen)

 

Kiddush

Kiddush is recited while holding a cup of wine or grape juice.

Kiddush
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

Kiddush
borei p'ri hagafen (Amein)
Who creates the fruit of the vine (Amen)

 

Ha-Motzi

The head of the household should remove the cover from the two challah loaves, lifting them while reciting the following blessing. The challah is then ripped into pieces or sliced and passed around the table, so that each person may have a piece. The family meal may then begin.

Ha-Motzi
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe

Ha-Motzi
hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz. (Amein).
who brings forth bread from the earth. (Amen)