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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 September 20 and 21, 2017:

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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DeVora Cohen Dallas, Texas September 21, 2017

Celebrating our first Rosh Hashanah together as newlyweds:) Marty & DeVora Cohen in Dallas, Texas. Praying for the restoration of one united Israel ascribing to one Torah. Reply

Susanne Carlin Sweden September 20, 2017

Leshana tova tikateiv v'teichateim
May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year All over the world Reply

Judith Ronat Kfar Saba September 18, 2017

I do wish you would also write the blessings for lighting candles on Shabbat and on other holidays in Hebrew letters as well. I am not alone in having difficulty reading them when they are written in the Roman alphabet. Reply

Anonymous September 17, 2017

A sweet and safe Rosh Hashanah for all especially those who find themselves separated from their communities, loved ones or who are simply alone. Let us all think and pray for one another. While I'm here thank you Chabad for this app which gives me an insight to Hashem's treasures every week. Reply

Suzi Orlando September 8, 2013

ALONE & HOLIDAYS TO RIA COHEN & DAVID IN ORLANDO FROM(LAST YEAR) 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. Reply

Yakov 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. Reply

David Orlando, FL USA 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 Reply

SUZI Orlando, Fl September 15, 2012

RIA COHEN CORNWALL 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! Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson via 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! Reply

Ria Cohen Saltash, Cornwall 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. Reply

Anonymous Toronto, Canada 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- Reply

Anonymous New york, new york 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. Reply

Anonymous Raleigh, nc 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! Reply

Anonymous Pittsburgh, Pa 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. Reply

Anonymous santa barbara, CA via September 28, 2011

New Zealand I am getting ready to move to a remote town in New Zealand, perhaps we could connect. Shana Tova Reply

Anonymous September 27, 2011

I live in a remote city in New Zealand,far away from civilization and religion. being an orthodox jew and to live like one is not easy here. But with the connection to your website and email contacts, it is a bit better Thanks JOOP Reply

Miriam Narberth, PA September 18, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Wow!! A place I hope to visit one day.
Is it a temporary move? My daughter was in KY for two yrs. doing a fellowship . She wAs connected to a family who invited her to every holiday meal, sukkah at shul, etc... it was a blessing ! She reached out to the JCC and that's how she was
originally connected. It makes life easier when ur sharing it with other
'S eventhough it's not ur own family!!! I felt so relieved knowing holidays were not alone!! G-d bless all away from family and friends! Reply

CKConner Altamont, IL September 13, 2011

Psalm 122:6 As you come into the new year, I pray above all else for the blessing and protection of not only Jerusalem, but of all of G-d's people, the Jewish people. Reply

Judith September 8, 2010

Alone on Rosh Hashanah Dear friends......

I'm alone too.......but remember - we're NEVER alone - G-d is always with us, no matter how far we may feel from our 'earthly' family - we are His, and He is ours........and, through Him, we are ALL family, especially on the High Holidays more than ever.
It's Rosh Hashanah eve here in China.....a country with 2 billion people and 1500 Jews.........where are they??.........they are all 'here', along with G-d, in my heart - in our hearts - we are the 'new' Diaspora........and we long for the day when we can come home and celebrate with our true Family.
Let us all light extra candles for our unknown 'family' - all of us who are alone - and let us rejoice in the sweet New Year that our L-rd will bring each and every one of us, because we are walking the path that He directed us to - and His hand is always upon us!!

Shana Tovah!! Reply

Gila Miami September 20, 2017
in response to Judith:

Beautiful. Thank you for such a beautiful message. From Miami shanah tova. Reply

Silvia Hallandale, FL August 24, 2010

To those alone, Widows, Orphans, Displaced I light my candle for you.
May you find strength, comfort, and joy as G-d himself walks by yourside every day and every night. May his face shine upon you and keep you and bless you.
I too am all three and have found it to be so.
This year as I journey home to my beloved Israel. Reply

suzi clark orlando, florida September 19, 2009

Rosh Hashanah Blessings Thank you is too little a phrase for what I am feeling. I have gratitude, love, warmth, and a familial connection to others with this site.

I really am sorry I don't have family here, or anyone to go to services with. This is a really sweet gift.

This year being alone is a bit daunting for me, and this makes it less so.

Thank you again and I wish you all a kind, sweet, healthy, and loving New Year.

p.s. to anyone non Jewish who wishes to light a candle and say a prayer...Thank You. This is so kind and sweet, how can anything that is purely good be inappropriate? May you have all the blessings I wish for my loved ones, and Israel. Reply

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