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General Blessing before Holidays - Yom Tov

Yom Tov Blessing -

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Welcoming the Holiday with Candle Lighting

You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. - Deut 16:14

LIGHTING CANDLES on the eve of a holiday is similar to the Shabbat candle lighting blessing, except that Halakhah (Jewish law) states that the source of the fire must come from a pre-existing flame and that the candles must be lit after sundown (unless the holiday occurs on Shabbat).

The general blessing is as follows:

Yom Tov Blessing

Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Master of the universe,
who sanctifies us with Your commandments, and commanded us
to kindle the light (of shabbat and of ) the holiday.

barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
asher kideshanu be-mitzvotav ve-tsivanu lehadlik
ner shel (shabbat v'shel) yom tov.

Note that if the holiday occurs on Shabbat, you insert "Shabbat v'shel" before the ending to yield: "...Shabbat v'shel yom tov."

Hebrew Blessing Study Cards:

Blessing over Specific Festivals

There are some additional blessings said while lighting candles for specific holidays, including:

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