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Light Festival (and Shabbat) Candles

Light Festival (and Shabbat) Candles


Girls and all women who are in the house (or if there isn't a woman in the house, the head of the household), light candles to usher in each night of the holiday. See Procedure for Holiday Candle Lighting for detailed holiday candle-lighting information.

Blessings for the evenings of October 2 and 3, 2016:

1) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam asher ki-deshanu be-mitzvo-tav ve-tzvi-vanu le-hadlik ner shel Yom Hazikaron.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to light the candle of the Day of Remembrance.

[Note: When reciting the following blessing on the second night of the holiday, one should have in mind the new fruit which one will subsequently be eating after Kiddush.]

2) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

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September 8, 2013
Good wishes, & prayers to all. I especially wonder if Ria (Cornwall) & David (Orlando) are still missing others, as I am. Please know I am here in Orlando, and yet am thinking of you Ria, hoping you can enjoy more this year. David, I too am in Orlando, and do not feel comfortable alone at Temple. It is difficult seeing families, & extended, families, when I am alone,and missing mine so much. This is not a good attitude, and yet right now it is difficult to shake.

My wishes are for ALL OF US, (in Israel & out) with a special hello to both Ria, and David, if you are no longer alone, or enjoying a new point of view, please let us know. L Shana Tova. Here is wishing we are all inscribed, and sealed in HIS "Book of Life," for at least another year of good health, good love, and good deeds for us to help others.
Stay well, be careful, and stay safe.
September 5, 2013
Hashem brought us together
My family and I have been estranged from each other since our Mother and Sister died. Within 3 years in trying to start new lives in different places, we moved believing that the other would be at the old address. We lost contact for 16 years.
Our Beloved King of the Universe in all of his mercy for us, brought us all together within one month. From Florida to Bronx, New York we are again as one
family. All in our 40s to late sixties, we found each other, praise the one who makes miracles. The miracle of love. L'shana Tovah to all.
September 16, 2012
L' shanah Tovah!
I, too, am "alone" here in central Florida. My family and friends are gathering at Temple B'nai Sholom in my hometown of Huntington,WV. I don't feel comfortable at the closest congregation here, but these posts have warmed my heart. Hashem is with All His people, when we let His Light in. Thank you all for sending strength to those of us feeling "cut off",& I send love,prayers and hope that HaShem, Avinu Malkienu, is with all who call on Him this New Year. Widowers, Orphans, and especially the Land of Israel, and Jews of every everywhere.

Baruch Hashem for giving us life, sustaining us, and letting us reach this season. May He Inscribe us for blessings in The Book of Life. I pray for Atonement and that our prayers are heard, for the sake if the Ineffable Name, for I have little merit. L' shanah Tovah! B'Shalom and L'Chayim! - דוד
Orlando, FL USA
September 15, 2012
I wish you Shana Tova, from Orlando.

I have visited England only twice, and yet I fell inlove with it.

If you would like to WRITE TO ME, I will be happy for this site to give you my email.

Have a healthy, sweet, and prosperous, New Year!
Orlando, Fl
September 14, 2012
To Ria
Thank you so much for sharing, we're happy to be able to be there for you, albeit only virtually.
Shana tova to you!
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
September 14, 2012
Shana Tova
Shalom! I love in Cornwall in the United Kingdom and there is virtually no Jewish community here. I really miss that connection so it's great to have websites such as this to connect.
I wish you all a happy and sweet New Year.
Ria Cohen
Saltash, Cornwall
September 12, 2012
Shana Tova and Blessings to all
I feel a warm connection to all Jews through this website- I feel blessed to have family and friends around me at this time of year and send my best to all who are far from home or alone. Join with whoever is near you, and make your own community meals and create community- That's what I have done when my life was not as it is at this blessed moment-
Toronto, Canada
September 29, 2011
Dear Friends
I am a catholic who has always had a deep appreciation for your faith. I wish you all shana tovah from New york.
New york, new york
September 29, 2011
I am away from my family on this Holiday. thank you all for sharing your words of happiness and encouragement. I feel as though I am not alone. Happy new year!
Raleigh, nc
September 28, 2011
Thank you all...
One would think with all the communication forms that we would feel less isolated and alone, but some of us know this is not how it is. For Silvia and everyone else who is alone, displaced, isolated or forgotten, we are a family and my prayers will include all of us this yontif. May you all have a sweet, healthy peaceful New Year.
Pittsburgh, Pa
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