Last night, we welcomed the ShechinaThe feminine name of God, expounded upon in the rabbinic era and then by the Kabbalists in extensive literature on the feminine attributes of the divine. and her gifts,
Now, we bid her Shalom until next ShabbatShabbat 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..
As we say farewell, we sing of our wishes for
Peace, gladness, and increasing joy in the coming week.
Once that was easy to do, now it is infinitely complicated.
Like a misty, still forming thought,
We see six unknown days ahead.
Six days of trepidation and worry.
There is no longer a presumption of safety,
There is no longer a belief that days to come
Will be better than those which have just passed.
Shabbat was a brief interlude of spiritual solace …
Havdallah, is a return to our shared discomfort.
Struggling against this plague and its dangers,
We cry for the world, for our loved ones, and for ourselves.
We know that none of us is exempt from judgement,
And we look to the heavens for help.
Adonai, all of humanity is praying for Your miracles.
We ask for a miracle cure, for a miraculous vaccine,
For You to deliver us from this current bondage.
We cry out to You, our Source and Creator; please,
Help us to find Positivity, Certainty, and Peace of Mind,
Bring us back to healthiness, restore our tattered souls.
Giver of Strength, guide us through this unrelenting desert
Just as You guided our ancestors so long ago.
With a Mighty Hand, and an Outstretched Arm,
Help us to safely cross this narrow bridge without worry.
Now, as it was then, lead us forward; Forward to safety
Forward to shelter, forward to a new Promised Land.
Sustainer of Life, give life to all.
Ensure the safety of all those who are on the front lines.
Protect the doctors and nurses, scientists and lab techs.
Ride shotgun with the drivers who deliver our needs.
Provide armor for all those who stock and staff our stores.
Grant us health this Havdallah, and grant us another Shabbat.
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