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Blessing Over the Shabbat Candles

October 25, 2011

The blessing over the Shabbat candles is said on Friday evenings, as the candles are lit, to mark the beginning of the sabbath.

This video brings together the Hebrew, translation and pronunciation of the prayer:


Follow along with your own copy of this resource, available as a PDF.



The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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