Friday, June 5, 2009

Blessing the bread

Welcoming the Friday evening Sabbath at a friend's house. She has the custom of making a communal blessing over the challah.

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the Universe
hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz. (Amein).
who brings forth bread from the earth.
Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace, to you and all.


Anonymous said...

are you the lone arm with the brown sweater?

Anonymous said...

This is precious.

Yaelian said...

A beautiful custom:-)Shabath Shalom

Dina said...

Shalom Katie and Yaelian, thank you!

Pasadena A, of course I am the lone arm. SOMEONE has to take the picture. BTW, the brown sweater [from a winter photo] could be for your weekly Trash Tuesday series. I found it on a Jerusalem trash bin. :)

kavita said...

looks like your frn group enjoys this a lot....thanks for sharing.

Jew Wishes said...

What a beautiful photograph! So poignant.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful Photograph..I Loved The Shot..Thanks For Sharing..

JM said...

Very nice capture! Love to see your writing.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

What a wonderful tradition!

Reading the transcript, I just realized how very similar are some of the Hebrew words with those of Arabic.

You asked me what Pak means.
Pak or Bapak is the Indonesian word for father. It is also an address term for older male.

Have a pieceful Sabbath, Dina.


Pietro said...

Wonderful photograph and great words, Dina. :-)

Kay said...

This looks like such a beautiful, peaceful tradition.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» loves this prayer. Variants of it are found in the Catholic and Lutheran eucharist liturgies. The variant of it in the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) is
O, Lord our God, maker of all things.
Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts. With them we offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of Him, who gave Himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The version in the Catholic eucharist liturgy is much closer than the Lutheran version to the Jewish original.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

challah looks so much like our tsoureki (easter bread)

sunday is always the traditional day for voting. pentecost is tomorrow (50 days after easter day, not 49!) and yes, it is a holiday.

mantis is still used in our language, but these days, it denotes someone like a fortune teller rather than a sage forseer!

Anonymous said...

Now if you send me a picture of your sweater and a picture of the general area you remember finding it you could be my guest blogger on an upcoming Trash Tuesday. I like that sweater.

Louis la Vache said...

Dina, check this out.