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Lighting candles to honor the Sabbath is a duty incumbent upon both men and women. How and why, then, did this ritual become “a woman’s mitzvah”? What is the special connection between women and Shabbat candles?

Women and Shabbat Candles

Women and Shabbat Candles

Women in Jewish religious life

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Women and Shabbat Candles: Women in Jewish religious life

Lighting candles to honor the Sabbath is a duty incumbent upon both men and women. How and why, then, did this ritual become “a woman’s mitzvah”? What is the special connection between women and Shabbat candles?
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Shabbat Candles, Women, Femininity & Feminism, Women's mitzvot
Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. He is the author of the books “Thank You God for Making Me a Woman", "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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janet izaguirre naples florida March 8, 2013

shabbat candles Thank you for such an amazing teaching!! This kind of teaching would never stop impacting my life and my family!! B'H Reply

Anonymous Auckland March 7, 2013

Candle lighting Thank you for the opportunity to learn the meaning of the Candle lighting, I did not know
there was so much depth to it.
I always look forward to Rabbi Raskin's lecture because it is so inspiring. Reply

Fruma Malka Florida March 6, 2013

Women and Shabbos Candles Rabbi Raskin not only has the ability to impart knowledge regarding the laws of Judaism but the unique talent to inspire us to act and follow them. Another wonderful lesson! Reply

Catherine new york March 5, 2013

When I teach my first grade religion class today I will be discussing the importance of charity lighting candles and keeping God first in your life.
Thanks for the significant reasons behind the mitzvahs. Reply

Lisa Aubert Long Beach March 2, 2013

what's right about being a woman Thank you Rabbi Raskin for deepening my knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a holy woman according to HaShem. I truly value your time and effort especially your teachings on lightening Shabbat candles. I look forward to more great teaching. Reply

faithful student ny February 28, 2013

thank you very much..wow great lesson Reply

Anonymous san francisco February 28, 2013

Great video used it for my Tuesday night class. Thank you Rabbi Raskin Reply