Blessing over the candles

Haggadah Section: Kadesh

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.Blessed is the heart with the strength to stop its beating for honor’s sake.Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

(—Hannah Senesch)

May the candles we kindle tonight bring radiance to all who live in darkness. May this season, marking the deliverance of our people, rouse us against anyone who keeps others in servitude. In gratitude for the freedom we enjoy, may we strive to bring about the liberation of all people everywhere.

Lighting these candles, we create the sacred space of the Festival of Freedom; we sanctify the coming-together of our community.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הַעוֹלָם, אָשֶר קִדשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהָדלִיק נֵר שֶל יוֹם טוֹב.

Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu ruach  ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov. 

Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Breath of Life, who sanctifies us with your commandment to kindle the holiday lights.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה:

 Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.

Blessed are you, Adonai, sovereign of all worlds, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this moment. 

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