Candle Lighting הדלקת נרות Tuesday, Sep 14 2010 




“Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the Shabbat candle”

The blessing text is surrounded by the text Bameh Madlikin.

Mishnah, Treatise Sabbath, ch. ii:

1. With what materials may the Sabbath lamp be lighted, and with what may it not be lighted? It may not be lighted with cedar-bast, nor with uncombed flax, nor with floss-silk, nor with willow-fibre, nor with nettle fibre, nor with waterweeds. It may also not be lighted with pitch, nor with liquid wax, nor with oil made from the seeds of the cotton plant, nor with oil which, having been set apart as a heave-offering and having become defiled, is condemned to be destroyed by burning, nor with the fat from the tails of sheep, nor with tallow. Nahum the Mede, says one may use tallow when it has been boiled, but the other sages say, that whether so prepared or not, it may not be used. 2. On a festival one may not use such consecrated oil as has been condemned, after defilement, to be burnt. R. Ishmael says, one may not, from respect to the Sabbath, use tar. The sages permit the use of all kinds of oil; the oil of sesamum, of nuts, of radish seeds, of fish, of colocynth seeds, as well as tar and naphtha. R. Tarphon says, one may use no other than olive oil for lighting the Sabbath lamp. 3. No part of a tree may be used as a wick for lighting, with the exception of flax …

 (The Standard Prayer Book, tr. by Simoen  Singer, 1915)

background: red velvet.



what looks like a wrinkle is actually the reflection of the roof, I took the picture outside :).

‘Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of ten thousands”.. Friday, Jul 23 2010 




(אחותנו, את היי לאלפי רבבה; ויירש זרעך, את שער שונאיו( בראשית, כד, ס

‘Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them.’ (Genesis 24, 60)

In the center the name of the Lady. The points of the star of David made with copper leaf mixed with gold leaf. 8″x10″.

The angel who hath redeemed me “המלאך הגואל” Friday, Jun 4 2010 



“the angel who hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named in them,

 and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

(Genesis Chapter 48 ,16)

“הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל-רָע, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-הַנְּעָרִים, וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי, וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק; וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב, בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ”.

(בראשית, מח, טז)

In the center is the child’s name דוד  in large letters , with silver leaf.