I know a young couple who bless each other at the Shabbat table. Hold hands, look into each other’s eyes, then give and receive a blessing. This is a great addition to the Jewish custom of blessing our children. To listen, click the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
Blessing For a Spouse / Partner
Holiness walks with you,
Your face glows,
Your eyes shine,
And beauty surrounds you.
Let the glory of heaven light your path.
You sparkle with joy and hope.
Your countenance shimmers with the wonder of creation.
You bless the hours and the days.
May you know the secrets of your heartbeat
And the wisdom of your hands.
May you know G-d’s blessing
And G-d’s shelter,
Even as you fill our lives with strength and purpose,
With Torah and Mitzvot,
With Shabbat and holy days,
With your radiance
And with your love.
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Postscript: Here are three Sabbath prayers: “For the Arrival of Shabbat,” “Welcome, Sabbath Queen” and “About Shabbat” Here are two Sabbath stories: “Sarah Rivkah: A Challah Baking Story” and “Mendel Baruch: S’hema on Shabbat.”
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