After a tumultuous week in American politics, Shabbat is about to descend. As we bring this week to a close, I embrace the blessings that we invoke during the week and on Shabbat.
As part of our daily prayers, we ask God’s blessing for just, merciful and competent judges. On Shabbat, we ask God’s blessing for our community and for our country. Our government institutions are always being tried, but now appear to be particularly tested. We believe in the institutions of our government and the checks and balances put in place by the Founders. We hope that even under duress, these cornerstones of our nation will endure and prevail against all assaults no matter how severe.
May our leaders rise to the occasion placing country over party and justice over power. May we have the courage and strength to demand the best from each of them.
As an American, the words of our National Anthem stir within me with a deep resonance. Ultimately I believe that our nation is strong and its government ultimately dedicated to the people it is intended to serve.
As a Jew, as we continue our march toward Sinai and the receipt of the Law. May we rededicate ourselves to preserving protecting and defending the world’s great manifestation of our Jewish ideals in this great country of ours.
Back in October 2015, Mattisyahu joined the Shabbos Project and shared this beautiful Kiddush.
Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom
This beautiful rendition of Hashkivenu by Craig Taubman is a soulful way to create space for Shabbat. It is part of the evening service asking for the Divine’s protection, holding us in the loving sheltering wings of Her peace.
Welcome Shabbat with Six13’s rendition of Lecha Dodi
Shabbat Shalom to everyone on this Tenth Day of the Omer!
Nava Tehila performs a soulful rendition of Yedid Nefesh, the beautiful poem we use to welcome Kabbalat Shabbat. Written by Eleazar Azkiri in the 16th century, Yedid Nafesh is considered to be a love song to God based on an acrostic for God’s name, each stanza begins with one of the four letters of the Divine Name. (the youtube link will take you to other Nava Tehila songs after Yedid Nefesh- enjoy them all)
Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom
Although this piece was produced last year, it is worth sharing with you now as we welcome Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Pesach. This is the Key Tov Orchestra featuring Elliot Dvorin at their schmaltzy best. It’s a little Vegas combined with tunes from our wonderful holiday. It seems somehow fitting that this East meets West happens in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom and a zissen Pesach!
The gifted Shai Sebbag shares Shalom Aleichem on his guitar.
Shalom Aleichem- Peace be with you, our traditional liturgical greeting of Shabbat dating back to the mystics of Tzfat (Safed) from the 16th or 17th century.
The story goes that two angels accompanied us on our way back home from the synagogue for Shabbat Dinner on Friday night. If the home was ready for Shabbat, the good angel blessed that next Shabbat it should also be so, and the bad angel would respond “Amen”. If the house was not ready for Shabbat, the roles were reversed.
- Peace upon you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
- Come in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
- Bless me with peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
- May your departure be in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
- Translation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalom_Aleichem_(liturgy)