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“When a woman lights the Shabbat candles with joy in her heart, she
brings peace into the world, health and happiness to her family, and
is blessed with children who brighten the world.” -The Zohar
“Just as any candle reveals whatever is hidden in a dark room, so
too the Shabbat candles reveal the G-dliness hidden in all things.
Just as the light of the Shabbat candles bring peace between a
husband and wife, so too, they bring peace between G-d and His
world.” -The Rebbe
“When I light my Shabbat candles, I imagine the view from outer
space. As darkness creeps around the face of the earth, I can see how
little flames flash upward to consume it. First in New Zealand, then
Australia and around the whole globe until Hawaii or Tahiti. Over
a period of twenty-four hours, the world is never left in darkness.”
-A mother in Los Angeles
When to Light
The Shabbat candles are lit 18 minutes before sunset every Friday evening. Married women
light at least 2 candles, many add a candle for each child. A girl in her mother’s house should
light only one candle out of respect for her mother. It is customary to drop a few coins in a
charity box for the poor before lighting.
How to Light
First light the candles. Then spread your hands around the
flames and draw them inward 3 times in a circular motion.
With this you are accepting the sanctity of Shabbat. Then
cover your eyes and recite the following blessing:
“Bo-ruch A-toh Ado noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-lom A-sher
Ki-de-sha-nu Be-metz-vo-sov Vi-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner
Shel Sha-bos Ko-desh.”
“Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who
has hallowed us through His c­ ommandments, and has
commanded us to kindle the lights of the holy Shabbat.”
The time of lighting is a special time to pray for children, health and sustenance. The woman then
uncovers her eyes, gazes at the candles, and then greets everyone with blessings of a good Shabbat.
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