To all our mothers, daughters,
sisters and grandmothers

At this time of harrowing danger, let us harness the spiritual power of lighting Shabbat candles to pray for Israel. For generations, Jewish women have prayed for their children and families at candle-lighting.

This Friday afternoon, 18 minutes before sunset, after we light our Shabbat candles, let us pray for the families and children, and for the brave soldiers of the State of Israel. At a time when many of us are lost for words we offer you our personal prayer, to recite after you light your Shabbat candles this week.

This is a spiritual war against those who seek to destroy Israel, not because of its borders, but because of what it stands for as the world’s only Jewish state. Our response must be to reaffirm our eternal Jewish values through Shabbat.

“The Jewish people are redeemed in the merit of righteous women,” say our sages. In the merit of our prayers and the mitzvah of candle-lighting, may G-d bring security and safety to Israel and comfort to her people.

Chief Rabbi Warren and Gina Goldstein

Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing

Blessed are You, G-d, our L-rd, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and instructed us to kindle the Shabbat lights.

ּּבָרוּךְַאָּתהה’,ֱא-לֵֹהינוֶּמלֶךְָהעֹולָם, ֲאֶׁשרִקְּדָׁשנוּּבְִמצְוֹוָתיווְצִוָּנוּלְַהְדלִיק נֵר ֶׁשל ַׁשּבָת.

Prayer after Shabbat candle-lighting

Our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, Rock, and Redeemer of Israel, hear my supplication in the merit of Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah, our mothers, and in the merit of lighting the holy Shabbat candles.

Protect and deliver the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces and Security Forces, and all those engaged in saving lives, from all trouble and sorrow. Strengthen their hands and adorn them with the crown of Your salvation and victory.

I plead with You, Merciful One, in Your vast Majesty, liberate our captives, speedily deliver them from anguish to relief, and return them home to life and peace.

Save our brothers and sisters, our aged, men and women and children all who were wounded at the hands of the cruel enemy. Illuminate your presence for them and send them a complete healing, speedily in our days.

G-d, full of mercy and compassion, provide tranquil rest on the wings of the Divine Presence, for the souls of Your nation, men, women, and children, murdered in cold blood, their blood spilled like water. May their eternal rest be in Gan Eden.

L-rd, our G-d, comfort the mourners of Your nation, heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds,

Turn Your countenance, oh G-d, to those dwelling in our land, from the border of Lebanon to the Egyptian desert; and spread over them Your shelter of peace, grant them safety, tranquility, and security. Send Your light and truth to the leaders of the State of Israel, her ministers and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.

Speedily bring your final redemption to the world, when “death will vanish in life eternal”, when You will “wipe away tears from all faces”, when “nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore… and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans.”


ּּתפילה בשעת הדלקת נרות שבת

אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֶאֱלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגוֹאֲלוֹ, אָנָּא שְׁמַע אֶת תְּחִנָּתִי בִּזְכוּת שָׂרָה וְרִבְקָה רָחֵל וְלֵאָה אִמּוֹתֵינוּ וּבִזְכוּת הַדְלָקַת נֵרוֹת שַׁבַּת קֹדֶשׁ.

שְׁמֹר וְהַצֵּל מִכָּל צָרָה וְצוּקָה אֶת חַיָּלֵי צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת אַנְשֵׁי כֹּחוֹת הַבִּטָּחוֹן וְהַהַצָּלָה, חַזֵּק אֶת יְדֵיהֶם וְעַטְּרֵם בְּכֶתֶר יְשׁוּעָה וּבַעֲטֶרֶת נִצָּחוֹן.

אָנָּא רַחוּם, בְּרֹב גְּאוֹנְךָ, שַׁחְרֵר אֶת שְׁבוּיֵינוּ, הוֹצִיאֵם מְהֵרָה מִצָּרָה לִרְוָחָה וְהַחֲזִירֵם הַבַּיְתָה לְחַיִּים וּלְשָׁלוֹם.

הוֹשַׁע אוֹתָם וְאֶת אַחֵינוּ וְאַחְיוֹתֵינוּ, זְקֵנִים וּזְקֵנוֹת, נָשִׁים, אֲנָשִׁים וְטַף, שֶׁנִּפְצְעוּ בִּידֵי הַצּוֹרֵר הָאַכְזָרִי. הָאֵר פָּנֶיךָ אֲלֵיהֶם וּשְׁלַח לָהֶם רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה בִּמְהֵרָה בְּיָמֵינוּ.

אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים, הַמְצֵא מְנוּחָה נְכוֹנָה עַל כַּנְפֵי הַשְּׁכִינָה לְנִשְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי עַמְּךָ, אֲנָשִׁים וְנָשִׁים, יְלָדִים וִילָדוֹת, שֶׁנִּרְצְחוּ בְּדָם קַר וְדָמָם נִשְׁפַּךְ כַּמַּיִם בִּידֵי הַצּוֹרְרִים. בְּגַן עֵדֶן תְּהֵא מְנוּחָתָם.

נַחֵם ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֶת אֲבֵלֵי עַמְּךָ, רְפָא לִשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב וַחֲבֹשׁ לְעַצְּבוֹתָם.

שָׂא ה’ פָּנֶיךָ אֶל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי אַרְצֵנוּ, מִגְּבוּל הַלְּבָנוֹן וְעַד מִדְבַּר מִצְרַיִם, וּפְרֹשׂ עֲלֵיהֶם סֻכַּת שָׁלום וְשַׁלְוָה וְהַשְׁקֵט וָבֶטַח, וּשְׁלַח אוֹרְךָ וַאֲמִתְּךָ לְרָאשֵׁי הַמְּדִינָה, לְשָׂרֶיהָ וּלְיוֹעֲצֶיהָ וְתַקְּנֵם בְּעֵצָה טוֹבָה מִלְּפָנֶיךָ.

מְהֵרָה תַצְמִיחַ לָנוּ גְאֻלָּה שְׁלֵמָה וְהַרְאֵנוּ בְּקִיּוּם דִּבְרֵי נְבִיאֶךָ: “בִּלַּע הַמָּוֶת לָנֶצַח, וּמָחָה ה׳ אֱלֹהִים דִּמְעָה מֵעַל כָּל פָּנִים”, “לֹא יִשָּׂא גוֹי אֶל גּוֹי חֶרֶב וְלֹא יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה” וּ”מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת אֲדֹנָי כַּמַּיִם לַיָּם מְכַסִּים”.