Many people have told us that they want to open or receive Shabbat in their homes, but they don’t know how to do it. Let us give you a general idea of how to start Shabbat on Fridays before sunset.
- Create a special atmosphere. Remember it is Shabbat, the day we become in touch with the Creator of the universe, with our Elohim.
Turn off all entertainment: no radio, no TV, no cinema, no DVD movie, and if you can (and should think about) the phone. Also, dress for the occasion, even if you are at home.
- Light the Shabbat candles, according to the schedule of your time zone. You can check the time on our page. White candles (one or two at most) that can last about two or three hours, without names or idolatrous images, on a small chandelier is enough. This creates an immediate atmosphere of spirituality, much peace and harmony on Shabbat.
- In reverence married women cover their heads with a headscarf before lighting candles (also men wear kippa).
Move your hands over the candles and say the following sentence:
Baruch ata Adonay Elohainu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu be’mitzvo’sav ve-tzivanu lehalik ner shel Shabbos
Blessed are you our Elohim, King of the Universe. That you make us holy with your commandments and call us to turn on the light of Shabbat
- Many Jews give thanks for the health, prosperity and joy in their lives over the past week.
You can say the complete Shema. You can also ask Elohim to shower blessings on his family, his congregation, and to grant peace and prosperity to Israel and the Jewish people.
- Prepare the food to be consumed in advance of Shabbat. Also place a glass of wine, use kosher red wine, for the celebration of Kiddush and have ready the two breads to be used in kiddush.
- Raise the glass of wine and say the following blessing:
Baruch ata Adonoy, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kideshanu be-mitzvosav borei peri ha-gafen. Baruch ties Adonoy, mi-kadesh ha-shabbos
Blessed are you your Elohim, King of the universe. That you make us holy with your commandments. Creator of the fruit of wine. Blessed are you Elohim who sanctify Shabbat.
- After the blessing of the wine, proceed to wash your hands:
With a small punch bowl I sprinkled water on my right hand first three times and then on my left three times. After wiping your hands at the end say the following blessing:
Baruch ata Adonoy, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kideshanu be-mitzvosav ve-tzivanu al netilas yadayim
Blessed are you your Elohim, King of the universe. That you make us holy with your commandments, and call us to wash our hands
Shabbat Shalom to all.
Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques 2016 (Updated)
Note: if you want to add the traditional Kiddush prayer to it, which is a little longer, you can watch the following video of YouTube.com by Rabbi Eli Garfinkel of Temple Beth El in Somerset, New Jersey, USA: