Monday, 26 January 2009

Shabbos Candles and Candle Sticks

Still in keeping with the theme of Shabbat, every Jewish home needs Shabbat candle sticks. The lighting of Shabbat candles is a tradition that began with Sarah our mother. It is said of Sarah that the candles that Sarah lit lasted from Shabbos to Shabbos.

The light of the Shabbos candles is something very special. It can’t be easily put into words, just how special this light is. Let us take a look at the following video for a little taste of what lighting a candle in the merit of Shabbos can do. Click here to view a video of the Lubavitcher Rebbe speaking.

As shown in the video, a little girl lit one candle in the merit of Shabbos. Married women generally light two candles, one for them and one for their husband. Many have a very beautiful tradition to light in addition to the candle for each of the couple, to light a candle for each of the children. Of course, once the girls are old enough, they will often take over and light their own candle. This leads to a married woman with children lighting many candles and hence requiring more candle sticks or holders.

It is customary to light either white candles or oil with a wick. There are many hallachos (Jewish laws) as to what wicks can be used, so please make sure to purchase candles and or wicks that have a Kosher symbol on them.

If you would like to sponsor packages of candles together with the brachah and Shabbat times to be given out in Yerushalayim, please email

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