ב’ה

We begin our celebration of Shabbat with blessings.  This is the blessing for Shabbat that we say during the Kiddush.  I have never been satisfied with the traditional translations.  I have, therefore created my own translation as we must in every generation.  Translations must reflect our times and our growing awareness of our surroundings and our inner challenges.  We learn in translation and the exercise in and of itself is a blessing.

We celebrate You, Oh Source of Being, Eternal Council, our G.

In Your aspiration for us, You have blessed us with a unique path of Sacred Connections.

You have given us Holy Shabbos in love and longing as an inheritance.

It is the time for remembering the works of creation.

For Shabbos is the beginning of the adventure of holy happenings,

a reminder of our emergence from narrow paths.

You have tested us and made us different[1] from others.

You handed down to us Your unique Shabbos in love and longing.

You are immersiful[2] Oh, Wholly One of Being ,

You have bathed Shabbos in holiness.


[1] Differences do not imply superiority nor inferiority.  Differences are to be explored and celebrated.  When we learn about our differences we grow in translation.  Humanity is not a melting pot, it is a stew, flavored with differences, all of which contribute to the taste.

[2] Immersiful is a word that I made up to express, not only our desire to be immersed in G, but a recognition that the G field is always available for our immersion through Mitzvot, prayer, meditation and acts of loving kindness to humanity and all creation.

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