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Why is it the woman's role to light the Shabbat candles?

Why is it the woman's role to light the Shabbat candles?

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Our sages have declared that the privilege of lighting the Shabbat candles belongs to the woman because:

  • She is usually more involved in the running of the house, and spends more time at home.
  • Eve, by persuading her husband to eat of the tree of knowledge, brought death to the world and extinguished the "candle of G-d." To atone for this, women kindle the Shabbat candles, reigniting the G-dly spark.
  • It is the woman who determines the spirituality in the home. By encouraging the study of Torah and the meticulous performance of mitzvot, and through her nurturing presence, the woman transforms her home into a place of holiness, peace and tranquility. It is thus fitting that she be the one to bring the extra measure of light and holiness with the Shabbat candles.
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September 17, 2013
I want to light Sabbath candles!
Hi, I get the children pulling my candles from my hands and they light them instead of me, I really want to do it myself. How can I prove to them that it is my right to light Sabbath candles?
Torah
UK
March 23, 2012
When there are women and men at home
Hi there everyone, I was wondering: what do men do while women light the Shabbat candles ? do they also recite the Prayer ?
Thanks a lot, and Shabbat Shalom !
Mr. Esteban S
August 28, 2011
Lighting
Please Show me where it is written candles are to be lit on shabbat.
batyah
goldsboro, nc
August 23, 2011
candle lighting : Shabbat
This article is very spiritual to me .
is just what I needed.
Thank you for very much.
Anonymous
Andalusia, AL
November 19, 2010
women and candle loghting
i have always wondered about this. your explanation and its connection to the biblcal past is really illuminating and deeply meaningful. many thanks!
Anonymous
nuremberg, germany
September 23, 2010
Candle lighting: Shabbat
This article is very spiritual to me,and is just what I needed. Thank you for very much for posting!
Anonymous
EHT, NJ
Welcome to our candle-lighting section, where you will find the details and practicalities of lighting Shabbat candles, along with the meaning, spirituality and power of doing so . . .
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