Dedication of the House of Stephanie Shipper and Jim Bircher

2008

 

We will use a Mezuzah, a Bible, wine, challah and salt.

Everyone present can share in leading different readings.

In the spirit of our Jewish faith, we consecrate this house with prayers of thanksgiving and invoke upon it the blessing of God.

Sh'Ma YiSRaeL, ADoNai ELoHeiNu, ADoNai ECHaD.

Hear O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One.

You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.  And these words, that I command you this day, shall be upon your heart.  You shall teach them diligently unto your children; and speak of them when sitting in your house and walking on your way, when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them for a sign upon your hands, and they shall be a symbol before your eyes.  And you shall write them upon your doorposts and upon your gates.  That you may remember all My commandments, and you shall be holy unto your God.  I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God.  I am Adonai your God.

Our homes have always been the dwelling place of the Jewish spirit.  Our tables have been altars of faith and love.  When words of Torah pass between us, the Divine Presence is in our midst.  Our doors have been open to the stranger and the needy.  May this home we now consecrate keep alive the beauty of our noble heritage.

[Challah is dipped in salt and distributed to those present.]

BaRuCH ATah ADoNai, ELoHeiNu MeLeCH HaOLaM, HaMoTzi LeCHeM MiN HaAReTz. 

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who causes bread to come forth from the earth.

[Wine is given to each person.]

Wine is a symbol of joy.  May all who dwell within these walls, and all who enter here, know contentment, happiness and peace.

BaRuCH ATah ADoNai, ELoHeiNu MeLeCH HaOLaM, BoRei P'Ri HaGaFen. 

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

[The Bible is opened and raised.]

The Torah has been our life; it has taught us how to live.  May this home be a place for learning and doing.  May the hearts of all who dwell here be filled with a love of the Torah and its teachings.

BaRuCH ATah ADoNai, ELoHeiNu MeLeCH HaOLaM, ASHeR KiD'SHaNu BeMiTzVoTaV V'TziVaNu LaASoK B'DiVRei ToRah.

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us by Your commandments and commands us to engage in words of Torah.

[The Mezuzah is raised.]

This ancient symbol speaks to us of our need to love God and to live by the words of the Eternal One.  We affix the Mezuzah to the doorposts of this house with the hope that it will always remind us of our duties to God and to one another.  May the divine spirit fill this house - the spirit of love and kindness and consideration for all people.

BaRuCH ATah ADoNai, EloHeiNu MeLeCH HaOLam, ASHer KiD'SHaNu BeMitzVotav V'TziVaNu LiKBoah MeZuZah.

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us by Your commandments and commands us to affix the Mezuzah.

[The Mezuzah, its top inclining outward, is affixed to the upper part of the doorpost on the right, as one enters the house.  If desired, a Mezuzah may also be similarly affixed to the right doorpost of principal rooms.]

BaRuCH ATah ADoNai, ELoHeiNu MeleCH HaOLaM, SheHeCheYaNu V'KiY'MaNu V'HiGiyANu LaZ'Man HaZeh.

Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.

Unless Adonai builds the house, its builders toil in vain.

In this awareness we pray that our home be blessed by God's Presence.

Accept, O God, our offering of thanksgiving for the promise of security and happiness this home represents, and fortify our resolve to make it, now and always, a temple dedicated to You.  Let it be filled with the beauty of holiness and the warmth of love.  May the guest and stranger find within it welcome and friendship.  So will it ever merit the praise: How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling-places, O Israel.

For all who are assembled here, and for all who will enter these doors, we invoke Your blessing:

AdoNai YiSh'MaR TZeiT'Ka UVoEKa, MeiATah V'Ad OLaM.

May Adonai watch over you when you go out and when you come in, now and always. 

Amen.

 

 

 

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