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PASSOVER SHABBAT A ONETABLE GUIDE

On the other side of the Red Sea, we are transformed. We emerge a people united by slavery and redemption, connected by shared trauma and deliverance. Over a year into the pandemic, it is not hard to see parallels, to connect the grief embedded in the Passover story to the losses and limitations of COVID. But it is also possible to see an Exodus ahead: widespread vaccination including an international commitment to make the vaccine available to poor and vulnerable populations around the world.

In that spirit, coming together — whether virtually or in person — matters now more than ever. Celebrating Shabbat during Passover is an invitation to let go of the week and infuse the weekend with the energy of the Exodus. With light, wine, and matzah, we honor where we have come from, share where we are, and imagine true redemption — a better future for ourselves and others.

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LIGHT Lighting Shabbat candles symbolizes the last act of the work week and connects us to passages in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, that remind us to keep and remember Shabbat.

.‫שבָּת‬ ַ ׁ ‫בָּרוּך ְ ַא ּתָה יְי ָ אֱלֹהֵינו ּ ֶמל ֶך ְ הָעוֹל ָם א ֲׁשֶר ִק ְד ּ ׁשָנו ּ בְ ּ ִמצְוֹתָיו וְצִו ָּנו ּ ל ְ ַה ְדל ִיק נ ֵר ׁשֶל‬ Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat v’shel yom tov. Blessed is the One whose mitzvot sanctify our lives, and who commands us to kindle the light of Shabbat and this holy day.

WINE Kiddush allows us to sanctify time. We bless wine, we bless the season, and we remember: We are partners with God in the ongoing miracle of creation and recreation, building a better world week after week, year after year.

.‫בָּרוּך ְ ַא ּתָה יְי ָ אֱלֹהֵינו ּ ֶמל ֶך ְ הָעוֹל ָם בּו ֹ ֵרא ּפ ְ ִרי הַג ָ ּפ ֶן‬ .‫ַשבָּת וְי ְִׂש ָראֵל וְהַז ְ ּמַנ ִּים‬ ַ ּ ׁ ‫בָּרוּך ְ ַא ּתָה יְי ָ ְמ ַק ֵד ּ ׁש ה‬ Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam borei p’ri ha’gafen. Baruch Atah Adonai mikadesh ha’Shabbat v’Yisrael v’ha’zmanim. Blessed is the creator of the fruit of the vine. Blessed is the One who sanctifies Shabbat, the people Israel, and the festive seasons.

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MATZAH Blessing matzah (the unleavened bread that replaces challah this week) is a way to acknowledge our interconnectedness, our dependence on each other for the necessities that enrich our daily lives.

.‫בָּרוּך ְ ַא ּתָה יְי ָ אֱלֹהֵינו ּ ֶמל ֶך ְ הָעוֹל ָם ַה ּמוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן ָה ָא ֶרץ‬ Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam ha’motzi lechem min ha’aretz. Blessed is the One who brings forth bread from the earth.

GRATIDUDE

AT THE END OF THE MEAL

.ָ‫ו ְ ָאכַל ְ ָּת ו ְָׂשבָעְ ָּת וּבֵ ַרכ ְ ּת‬ V’achalta v’savata u’varachta. When you have eaten and are satisfied, bless. — Deuteronomy 8:10

It’s a remarkable thing that Jewish tradition seeks to inspire us to be present before we eat, and all the more so that we are then directed to acknowledge our gratitude after we eat, not for the food itself, but for the incredible feeling of being full. At this time, perhaps more than any other, the notion of being sated is powerful. What does it mean to truly be fulfilled? In Hebrew, the root of the word for fulfillment — to be whole, to be complete — is shalom, the same as the word for peace. May we find peace, a whole and complete peace. May we be fulfilled, not only by our food, but by our family and friends no matter how far they feel, and by our actions and our words.

.‫בְ ּ ִריך ְ ָרחֲ ַמנ ָא ַמלְכ ָא ְדעַלְמָא ַמ ֵריה ְדהַאי פ ִיתָא‬ Brich rachamana malka d’alma marei d’hai pita. We are blessed with compassion by the One who sustains us with bread.

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A Passover Shabbat  

This guide is an invitation to infuse your Shabbat with the magic and mystery of Passover. With light, wine, and matzah, we honor where we h...

A Passover Shabbat  

This guide is an invitation to infuse your Shabbat with the magic and mystery of Passover. With light, wine, and matzah, we honor where we h...

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