Friday, August 13, 2010

light brite, light brite

turn on the magical shabbat light. i know it was the coolest 80's toy, but it also has a really practical shabbat message.  shabbat candles have a lot of spiritual significance, but one of the reasons why we light them does have to do with their bright light.   going back in time, without shabbat candles, those jews observing shabbat would have had a difficult time seeing around their home (and this could have caused a lot of stubbed toes).  so we light to bring not only spiritual, but also physical peace throughout our homes. brighten your home tonight, light shabbos candles, and continue to illuminate your elul.  lighting the candles are one of the three main mitzvot (commandments) given to women, so after we light and say the prayer (listed below), this is a very special time for us to be closer to G-d (and he is closer to us).  so take this time for personal prayers and conversation with G-d, he is really listening. here is the blessing you say after you light the shabbat candles:   
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.  

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