La Orasion De La Mujer

This traditional Sephardic blessing is recited in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish, the language of my father’s mother) before candlelighting. La Orasion de la Mujer – The Woman’s Prayer – has been used by families since they were ousted from Spain around 1492. To quote ritualwell.org, where I found this, “along with being a beautiful prayer, the music is incredible – the Spanish matrix of the music and the overlay of the oriental/Balkan influence is enchanting.”

To hear Susan Gaeta’s recording, taken from her CD, “From Her Nona’s Drawer” (Nona is what we grew up calling my father’s mother, whose name was Lena), click here and scroll down to the end of the page.

Kun estas kandelas
Arrogamos al Dio
El Dio de muestros padres
Avram, Isak i Yakov
Ke muz de vida saludoza
A todus miz keriduz
I al mundo intero

Kun estas kandelas
Arrogamos al Dio
El Dio de muestros madres
Sara, Rifka, Lea i Rachel
Ke muz de vida saludoza
A todus miz keriduz
I al mundo intero

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With these candles
We pray to God
The God of our fathers
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
To grant us good life and health
To all my dear ones
And the whole world

With these candles
We pray to God
The God of our mothers
Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel
To grant us good life and health
To all my dear ones and the whole world

Shabbat Shalom to all my dear ones and the whole world.

Image: “Sabbath Candles” by Fiona Collins

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