It is traditional for husbands to bless their wives after candle lighting, but this tradition doesn’t often resonate for queer couples, let alone straight couples who don’t necessarily fit standard gender roles.
The following blessing can be used by couples of any gender, regardless of their marital status.
As day turns to night,
And afternoon light fades into inky black,
May we recognize the love bringing us together
Like the twin flames of the Shabbat candles,
Soft and luminous
May we appreciate and give thanks for this love,
And for the blessings that accompany it,
Just as fruit ripens on the vine
May we remember, always, to listen
To the music in ourselves and each other
That which points us towards harmony
And may we continue forward on the path
Of a beautiful and just future
For ourselves, for each other, and for the world.
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