Shabbat Service excerpt



Song: Bim Bam

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Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shalom.

Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shalom.

(Sabbath greetings, Sabbath peace.)


(Reader) We gather, as Jews have always gathered, to create precious Sabbath moments. Let us take pause from our everyday lives to create a special time, a Sabbath time.

(All) Let us put aside the fear, anger, turmoil, trials, dissonance, demands, expectations and pace of our daily existence that we may create and celebrate the Sabbath.

Let the possibilities of this moment be not lost. Let every potential for wisdom, harmony and elation be realized.

Let the Sabbath be an expression of the best in us and all that we can share.

The Sabbath is a time for peace, for contemplation, for introspection, for understanding and for hope.

It is a time for love, laughter and joy to be shared by family and friends.

For giving and getting.

For sharing and caring.

For learning about the goodness of life, for reaffirming our faith and our beliefs.

For having the courage to express the best within us.

So let us grasp these Sabbath moments. Let us savor them. Let us cherish them.

Let passion for life be kindled within our souls as we light the Sabbath tapers.

(Reader) The Sabbath reminds us that even more important than the right to work is the right not to work.

The Sabbath reminds us that our bodies belong to us, not to our employers, and that physical, intellectual and emotional pleasures are to be enjoyed.

The Sabbath reminds us that we need roses as well as bread, that our families, friends and our life of the mind has a necessary place in our lives.

The Sabbath is more than a reminder that we are free, it is a reminder that we are human.


Lighting the Candles

(Reader) For thousands of years Jews have burned shabbos candles.

(All) The warm glow of the shabbos candles is a reflection of the light within us and of the love and friendship we have for each other.

Shabbos is a time of rest and renewal. We rest from the labors of the week — studying, working, and playing. Sometimes just getting through the day is a heavy chore.

We renew ourselves so that the next weeks may be better, so that we will have strength for ourselves, for our families, and for our own part of making the world a better place.