Before we eat, we wash our hands to cleanse and purify ourselves both physically and spiritually for the meal. Washing before we eat reminds us that the meal is not merely a culinary experience, but a spiritual one as well.
Eshet Chayil is a 22-verse poem with which King Solomon concludes the Book of Proverbs. An ode to the “woman of valor”, King Solomon’s descriptions also refer allegorically to the Shechinah, the Sabbath, the Torah, wisdom and the soul.
Light a multi-wicked candle, have a sweet-smelling spice (like cinnamon) ready, and say the prayer below over a cup of wine or grape juice. Wait until the end of the prayer before drinking the majority of the glass.