Category: Blessings

Birkat HaBayit: Jewish Blessings for the Home

Birkat HaBayit: Jewish Blessings for the Home

Birkat HaBayit means Blessing for the Home. You can often see wall art or smaller plaques near the entrance or windows with Hebrew or Hebrew and English text praying for the prosperity of all who live there.

The tradition of placing blessings in our homes is surprisingly not that old. Through the ages, there always have been a variety of amulets used among the Jewish people, but a blessing for the home seems to be a pretty recent phenomenon. 

Shabbat Candles Blessings

Shabbat Candles Blessings

The time of lighting the Shabbat candles is magical. Traditionally, this mitzvah (commandment) is the domain of women. After preparing for the day, the whole family stops and welcomes the Shabbat Bride. The candles are lit, and one lifts hands and covers the eyes. Now is the time to recite the blessing over lighting the Shabbat candles. After it is said, one takes their hands away and sees the light anew.