Festival Candle Lighting: Passover, Shavuot, Rosh HaShanah, and Sukkot

Candle Lighting

The candles are lit before the blessing is recited.  On Shabbat, include the words in parentheses.

The first recording below is the candle blessing for a weekday; the second recording is for the candle blessing when the festival falls on Shabbat.

Hebrew text for the blessing for the lighting of the candles for Yom Tov with parenthetical inclusion for Shabbat

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel (Shabbat v'shel) Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, our God, Ruler of the world, who sanctifies us with mitzvot and calls upon us to kindle the lights of (Shabbat and) the Festival day.

Worship Services: Sh'ma

Referred to as our "watchword of faith," it declares our belief in one God. This prayer serves as the centerpiece of morning and evening services.

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!

Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One!

Baruch shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va-ed.

Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.

Listen to the Sh'ma read


Listen to the Sh'ma chanted


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