A “Tkhine” for Lighting Candles on Shavuot

A “Tkhine” for Lighting Candles on Shavuot

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Hebrew and Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited by a woman after lighting candles to welcome the holiday of Shavuot, an auspicious time for personal prayer. The prayer beseeches God to help the reader observe the Torah, to protect and bless her family, and for the coming of the Messiah, and more. It appears in the Maḥzor for Shavuot Rav Peninim (Vilna 1911), although it is unclear if this is the original source. It was shared by Rivka Zakutinsky in her collection of Tekhinot: Tekhinas, A voice From the Heart (Aura 1992). The English translation provided here was edited by Aharon Varady, a community planner, Jewish educator, and the founding director of The Open Siddur Project, which aims to liberate the creative content of Jewish spiritual practice as a commonly held resource for adoption, adaptation, and redistribution

Shavuot candle prayer

תְּחִינָה לִשָּׁבוּעוֺת נאָך ליכט צינדן | Teḥinah upon Candlelighting at the Onset of Shavuot” is shared by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.

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