This ‘karaoke style’ video with Hebrew subtitles, demonstrates how to sing the Shabbat evening blessings over the wine, according to the Reform Ashkenazi tradition. Chanted by Cantor Linda Kates from the Reform Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, this video is particularly helpful for those wanting to learn how to read or sing the prayer in Hebrew, as the video highlights letter for letter which sounds are being enunciated. Whereas other communities perform a longer version, including an additional paragraph prior to the blessing over the wine, it is customary in the Reform community to begin from this point. Please see a transliteration below to follow along:
Baruch atah adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam boreh pri hagafen.
Baruch atah adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav veratzah vanu. Veshabat kodsho beahavah uvratzon hinchilanu, zicaron lema’aseh bereishit. Ki hu yom techilah lemikraei kodesh, zecher litzeeat mitzrayim.
Ki vanu vahartah veotanu kidashtah mikol ha’amim. Veshabat kodshecha beahavah uvratzon hinchaltanu.
Baruch atah adonai, mekadesh ha’shabat.
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