These blessings were written to be used on Lit. Evening Jewish holidays begin in the evening. Hence, Erev Shabbat is the eve of the Sabbath. Shabbat is the Sabbath day, the Day of Rest, and is observed from Friday night through Saturday night. Is set aside from the rest of the week both in honor of the fact that God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. On Shabbat, many Jews observe prohibitions from various activities designated as work. Shabbat is traditionally observed with festive meals, wine, challah, prayers, the reading and studying of Torah, conjugal relations, family time, and time with friends.. Their timing is meant to parallel the blessing of children.
Blessings for Cats
Yesimkha E-lohim ka-aryot ha-sadeh
May God make you like the lions of the veldt.
[by Rabbi Ya’akov Adler]
Yesimkha E-lohim ki-yehuda ha-aryeh
May God make you like the lion of Judah.
[by Rabbi Anna Rosenfield]
Blessing for Dogs
Yesimkha E-lohim ke-kalev ha-ne-eman
May God make you like Caleb, the loyal one.