Zaidie Lazer learning Torah with grandson Yaacov Yosef Brody from Jerusalem (photo from 2008)
One of my biggest joys in life is grandchildren at my Shabbat table...
Whenever Zaidie (grandfather) Lazer Brody gets together with his grandchildren, we sing a moving song that comes from a woman's prayer after lighting Sabbath candles. Many young couples also say this prayer on their wedding day:
Vezakeni legadel banim uvnei banim, chachomim u'nevovim ohavei Hashem, yirei Elokim anshei emes zera kadosh b'Hashem deveikim. Um'irim es haolam batorah umaasim tovim uvechol maleches avodas HaBoreh.
"May I merit to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and discerning, who love Hashem and fear G-d, men of truth, holy seed, clinging to Hashem, and who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds and all the work of serving the Creator."
It's our family custom to sing this lovely melody at the Bar Mitzvas of my grandsons, three generations with three-part harmony.
Baruch Levine composed this melody, and performs it ever so beautifully. Enjoy! May you have nothing but happy occasions in your family, and joy from your offspring, a wonderful Shabbat, amen!