G-d waits the entire week for this moment of Shabbat

by Leah Rosenberg

Shabbat is a holy time to connect with G-d. The blessing over wine is said every week, and it is a beautiful prayer.

The Shabbat Blessing Over Wine

During the week, a blessing on wine (and grape juice) is also required. But on Shabbat, there is a special, elongated prayer. The prayer for Friday night and Saturday are different. Both are beautiful, but the blessing in this video is the one for Friday night.

This video does not give over the entire text of the Friday night Kiddush, as it is called in Hebrew.

The English text of the part of Kiddush that is recited in this video is as follows (Courtesy of Chabad.org):

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the world, who creates the fruit of vine.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, king of the world, who made us holy with His commandments and favored us, and gave us His holy Shabbat, in love and favor, to be our heritage, as a reminder of the Creation. It is the first of the holy festivals, commemorating the exodus from Egypt. For You have chosen us and sanctified us from among all the nations, and with love and goodwill given us Your holy Shabbat as a heritage. Blessed are You, Lord, who sanctifies Shabbat.

The Tune

The tune that the blessing is said with in the video here is based off of a traditional tune that many throughout the world use. The melody was composed by Louis Lewandowski.

Even for those families who have a tradition to make Kiddush with a different tune, it is truly beautiful that Jews, worldwide, have been reciting the same words for ages.

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