Shabbat Candles

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Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing: Audio and Text

Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing: Audio and Text

This audio recording demonstrates a man singing the blessing over the Shabbat candles clearly and slowly, using a popular North American melody,

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Humanist Liturgy for Lighting Shabbat Candles

Humanist Liturgy for Lighting Shabbat Candles

This Shabbat candle lighting ceremony was composed by Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Typical of this movement, founded

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Traditional Prayer for the Family Following Candle Lighting

Traditional Prayer for the Family Following Candle Lighting

This prayer for the family is often recited after lighting the Shabbat candles, an auspicious time for prayer, according to

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Covering Our Eyes During Shabbat Candle Lighting

Covering Our Eyes During Shabbat Candle Lighting

This post explains the halachic reasoning behind the popular custom of covering one’s eyes while reciting the blessing after lighting

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The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

In this short, informative video, Rabbi Michael Laitner offers both historical and spiritual explanations for the Shabbat evening candle lighting and

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Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

This article explains how lighting Shabbat candles brings peace and harmony into the home, both practically and symbolically, and why this

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A Beginners’ Guide to Shabbat Candle Lighting: Article and Video

A Beginners’ Guide to Shabbat Candle Lighting: Article and Video

The following article, How to Light Shabbat Candles, by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, Richard Siegel and Sharon Strassfeld, discusses both the

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Learn the Candle Lighting Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

Learn the Candle Lighting Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

This video demonstrates the singing of the blessing over the Shabbat candles clearly and slowly with Hebrew and transliterated subtitles. The video

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How to Light Shabbat Candles: Kabbalistic Wisdom

How to Light Shabbat Candles: Kabbalistic Wisdom

This video describes how to light the Friday evening Shabbat candles according to the Orthodox Ashkenazi tradition. In addition to the recitation

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“If I Let It” – Poem Preceding Shabbat Candle Lighting

“If I Let It” – Poem Preceding Shabbat Candle Lighting

This short poem by Trisha Arlin provides a “kavanah,” – a direction in which to focus one’s attention – to be

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Candle Lighting Photography Project

Candle Lighting Photography Project

In this creative project, artist Helene Fischman presents photographs of women lighting Shabbat candles. Her inspiration comes from both the transformative

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Zelda: To Light Candles in All the Worlds

Zelda: To Light Candles in All the Worlds

In this poem, the modern Hebrew poet, Zelda, describes the meaning of Shabbat candles. Her understanding of the Shabbat candles

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“V’zakeini” Song: A Post Candle Lighting Prayer (Rabbi Baruch Levine)

“V’zakeini” Song: A Post Candle Lighting Prayer (Rabbi Baruch Levine)

In his heartfelt signature song, “V’zakeini,” Rabbi Baruch Levine puts an excerpt from the prayer commonly recited after lighting Shabbat candles

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Shabbat Sweet: A Unique Melody for Shabbat Candle Lighting

Shabbat Sweet: A Unique Melody for Shabbat Candle Lighting

In this video, Billy Kaplan offers a unique rendition of the blessing over the Shabbat candles (starting at 1:05), including

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Alexander Goldscheider’s Tune for the Blessing over the Shabbat Candles

Alexander Goldscheider’s Tune for the Blessing over the Shabbat Candles

In this video, Alexander Goldscheider, a Jewish Czech-born composer, performs a unique musical rendition of the blessing over the Shabbat candles.

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