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Shabbat Affirmations for Erev Shabbat, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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You can add personal affirmations after reading these.

I affirm
that God affirmed
and sanctified
the Holy Shabbat;
I raise all toil,
suffering,
and frustration
of the past week
as my sacrifice to God
and let go of it.

I affirm the model
of our ancestor’s rest
and sanctification of Shabbat.

I affirm the perfection
of what is in the world,
and I surrender all the urgings
and all the strivings
on the plane of action (Asiyah),
and I offer my body to rest.

I affirm the union
of my Nefesh
with the Holy Queen and Bride (Malkah Qadishah).

I affirm the union
of my Ruaḥ with God,
the lover of the infinitesimal and the particular
with God as the Zer Anpin.

I affirm the union
of my Neshamah
with the resting Creator,
the Revealer of Sinai
and the Redeemer of the days of Mashiaḥ.

And I affirm the union
of my additional soul, my Neshamah Yeterah
with the Ancient of Days (Atiqah Kadishah)
to whom eternity is ever present.

I affirm the blessings
that come down for the coming week,
and my willingness to be mindful
of the Holy Shabbat
even in the midst of the week.

Likh’vod Shabbat,
Shabbat Shalom Oo-M’vorach.
Shabbat Nefesh, Shabbat Ruach. Shabbat N’shama,
Shabbat Shalom Ribbono Shel Olam, Shabbat Shalom.

These “Shabbat Affirmations” appear in Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s Sabbath Supplement to his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi ~ As I Can Say It (for Praying in the Vernacular) (2009).

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