Daily Candle Lighting
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ
אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ, מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם,
שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ וְאִמּוֹתֵֽינוּ
בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, she’asah nisim la’avoteinu v’imoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh.
Blessed are you, Adonai our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in their day at this season.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v’key’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh. Amen.
Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d, King of the universe, who keeps us alive, sustains us, and brings us to this season. Amen.
In the opening of Genesis we see G-d's way. He brings light into darkness and creates order out of chaos.
Genesis 1:3-4: G-d said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And G-d saw that the light was good; and G-d separated the light from the darkness.
Israel's light source is revealed and it is G-d Himself. We must trust our communities, cities and nations to our G-d. Most important, we must trust our spiritual family to G-d.
Exodus 13:21-22: And the L-rd was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”
Just as G-d is the source of the nations light, King David reminds us that G-d is the source of our own individual light.
Psalm 27:1: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?
Psalm 119:130: The unfolding of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.
Messiah Yeshua is the greatest light of all.
John 1:4-5: In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Yeshua declared, John 8:12: I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
After we come to know Messiah, we are to be a source of light for the world. King Messiah tells us in
Matthew 5:14-16: You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
The prophet Isaiah speaks of the future glory of a restored Israel in
Isaiah 60:1-3: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the L-rd has risen upon you…And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
The book of Revelation provides a description of our glorious eternal dwelling place in the New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:22-24: And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord G-d, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of G-d has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.