SHabbat

Lighting the Shabbat candles brings warmth and light into the home.

For centuries, Jewish women have experienced a weekly moment of inner peace through this ancient practice.

why light?

Before the invention of the lightbulb, the only illumination in a home came from candles or lamps.

However, on Shabbat we can’t light a fire, so to avoid eating a meal in the dark and tripping over furniture and each other, our rabbis instituted the requirement
for every home to have a lamp lit before Shabbat. Though we are now blessed with electricity, we continue this beautiful tradition that promotes family harmony.

who lights?

Women and girls light one candle. Married women light two candles. Some add an additional candle for each child. If no woman (over the age of batmitzvah) is present in the home, a man lights the candles.

Women and girls light one candle. Married women light two candles. Some add an additional candle for each child. If no woman (over the age of batmitzvah) is present in the home, a man lights the candles.

Light candles every Friday afternoon, 18 minutes before sunset, in honor of the Shabbat, and before Festivals.

 

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