Lighting of the Candles


The first Pesach was celebrated 3,000 years ago when the people of Israel liberated themselves from the oppression of the Egyptian slave masters and began their march to freedom. We honor all people have struggled or are struggling for freedom as we share the aspirations of our liberated ancestors.

For it is said: Every person, in every generation, must regard him or herself as having been personally freed from bondage in Mitzraim, the biblical land of Egypt.

This week, Jews all over the country and the world and observing Pesach at their own Seders. Our Haggadah has retained the basic order, but has adapted much of the content. This follows in a long tradition.

For it is said: Whoever enlarges upon the telling of the exodus from Egypt, those persons are praiseworthy.

Please join in these blessings as we light the holiday candles.


.בָרוְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינו מֶלְֶ הָעולָם, אֲשֶׁר קדּשָנו בְמִצְותָיו וְצִוָּנו לְהַדלִיק נֵר שֶל (שַבָת וְשֶל) יֹום טו

Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam a-sher kid-e-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner shel [Sha-bat ve-shel] yom tov.

Blessed is the spirit of freedom in whose honor we kindle the lights of this holiday, Passover, the season of Freedom.

.בָרוְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלהֵינו מֶלְֶ הָעולָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנו וְקיְּמָנו וְהִגִיעָנו לַזְמַן הַזֶה

Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-che-ya-nu ve-ki-ye-ma-nu ve-hi-gi-ya-nu la-za-man ha-zeh.

Blessed is the force of life that brings us to this years spring, to this renewal of our quest for freedom.

Sing Shehechianu.

haggadah Section: Introduction