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Lighting the Shabbat Candles


As the sun sets on Friday a week of activity and growth is coming to an end and a new day is being ushered in. a day of rest, a holy day, the day of Shabbat. Jewish people around the world mark this day by the candle lighting and blessing:

"Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holy Shabbat."


While dressed in your Shabbat or holiday attire, place several coins in a charity box. Many keep the custom of dedicating this charity to the poor in Israel. Extend your hands over the candles, draw them inwards three times in a circular motion, and then cover your eyes, similar to how angels cover their eyes (Isaiah. 6) While your eyes are still cov ered, it is an auspicious time to pray for your heart's desires. The custom is to pray for your family (health, happiness…). Take the time to also pray for others who need blessings and good health. Uncover your eyes, gaze at the candles, and then greet everyone with blessings of a good Shabbat – “Shabbat Shalom”. With the lighting of the candles, you usher in the holy Shabbat. No "weekday" activities are to be done from that point on, as you have now entered a world of tranquility.

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