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Shabbat Candle Lighting Videos

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Miri demonstrates how one little candle puts a lot of power into the hands of one little girl. Or is it really just one little girl?
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Learn the inner reasons, historical context, and basic how-to instructions for lighting Shabbat candles.
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How to Light the Shabbat Candles
Simple-to-follow instructions on how to light the Shabbat candles.
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The Shabbos candle lighting campaign has yielded far-reaching results. One example from the many reports we received: A little girl, five or six years old, attended a non-religious school in Israel. One day, an older girl spoke to her class about the Mitzvah of Shabbos candles. She taught them the blessings, and gave them candles and candlesticks to take home.
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A girl spoke in a non-religious school in Israel about the Mitzvah of Shabbos candles. She taught them the blessings, and gave them candles and candlesticks to take home.
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The Midrash relates the miracles that G-d would perform for Sarah and Rebecca. A beautiful story highlighting the greatness of our matriarchs, it holds a poignant lesson for us today and the special role of a woman to bring G-d’s light into the home.
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Each Friday, 18 minutes before sunset, everything stops and we usher in the Shabbat with the lighting of the candles. Rebbetzin Rivkah Denburg of Boca Raton shares some personal thoughts on the meaning of lighting the Shabbat candles
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A true story of a rabbi visiting amongst Eskimos in search of Jews and the incredible way a young girl discovers how her lighting Shabbat candles is so special. (This clip is from the Pre-Shabbat Party program by Friendship Circle)
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The Laws of Shabbat
Learn the laws and customs to properly perform the mitzvah of lighting candles for Shabbat.
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How to light the candles before Shabbat and Holidays.
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Watch how it’s done!
Join in on the beautiful mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles on Friday late-afternoon (at least eighteen minutes before sunset) to usher in the Sabbath.
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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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One of the great mitzvah campaigns the Rebbe initiated was that all Jewish women, and even young girls, light the Shabbat candles, which usher in the holiness of the day. Though this mitzvah is merely rabbinic in origin, yet in this class we uncover the incredible light and energy contained within even one small candle.
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Watch a fun video showing how to make a gorgeous painting of Shabbat candlesticks and a beautiful sunset in the background.
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17 Sivan, 5740 • June 1, 1980
There are three fundamental mitzvot entrusted to every Jewish woman. Separating challah “from the first of your dough” shows that before benefiting from anything in this world, we “set aside an offering for G‑d.” By knowing that the beginning of everything is for G‑d, the entire home becomes a dwelling place for Him.
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The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, encourages Jewish women and girls to light Shabbat candles.
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“Lighting Shabbos candles causes one’s mazel to shine. Every girl, even before marriage, should light Shabbos candles, and should give charity beforehand.”
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Although your wedding will take place after Shabbos, you should nevertheless begin lighting one candle this Friday. Then next Friday you can light two candles, for you and for your new husband.
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Yehudah Clapman recalls arranging a private audience with the Rebbe for his cousins. After asking the girls in the family to light their own Shabbos candle, the Rebbe offered them a special gift to help them get started. When they tried to thank the Rebbe as they left, it was the Rebbe who thanked them instead.
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“It would be good for her to begin lighting candles. Yes, even before her marriage.” (Collage)
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Join families around the world as we prepare for Shabbat together. Featuring a fun line-up to get into the Shabbat spirit, including celebrities, comedians and singers. A project of Friendship Circle. (Please note: this video was not filmed on Shabbat)
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Watch girls from around the world demonstrating how the lighting of Shabbat candles continues from one location to the next, beginning in New Zealand and ending in Alaska, to usher in the Shabbat. (This clip is from the Pre-Shabbat Party program by Friendship Circle—it’s not a filming of the real Shabbat candle lighting)
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In the Mishnah, R' Yehudah says that if a metzorah (one who suffers from Biblical leprosy) enters someone's home uninvited, the home becomes defiled within the amount of time it takes to light the Shabbat candles. What is the deeper, spiritual meaning of this law and how does it help us understand the tremendous power of the Shabbat candles? (Based in Likkutei Sichos, vol. 17, pp. 141)
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Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Rivkah’s 3 miracles
The shidduch between our patriarch Yitzchak and our matriarch Rivkah is the most detailed courtship in Torah. Find out what about Rivkah made her the perfect match and discover the greatness of Jewish women in the process.
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Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 24
The Talmud states the reward for one who is careful in the mitzvah of lighting candles and the reward for other mitzvahs that are also in a manner of measure for measure. The Talmud proceeds to related stories that illustrate this reality.
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Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 32
Returning to the Mishnah, to elucidate the next prohibited kindling substance, “Itran”; seeking the rhyme and reason for this ban on burning. The ensuing narrative goes beyond the technical answer; shedding profound light on the deeper meaning and purpose of the sacred kindling of Shabbat candles. Far more than functional, these lights create the atmosphere of sacred serenity providing not only substance but also style. Sourcing these ideas meanders into bathing and dressing for Shabbat as well as. (Tractate Shabbat 25B)
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Special mitzvahs of Jewish women and what they mean to us
The unique role of the Jewish woman is described in terms of three archetypical mitzvahs—Shabbat candles, family purity and kosher. How do traditional ideas of Jewish femininity compare to modern feminist ideas about the role of women in society?
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Jewish Crafts with Abbey
Watch our Jewish crafting guru, Abbey, demonstrate how to create unique candle holders that will be the centerpiece of your Shabbat or holiday table.
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Let’s keep the Shabbat flame burning
In hidden cellars behind the Iron Curtain, at the front lines of an IDF operation, and in the dark shadow of the Holocaust, Jewish women and girls embraced Shabbat with the vibrant flames they kindled. Travel back in time and experience Shabbat candle-lighting from the days of our matriarch Sarah and on. Let’s keep the flame burning on and on . . .
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As thousands of well-wishers around the world prepare to celebrate Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz's 48th birthday, Yitzi shared these heartfelt words with our readers.
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A miraculous account of the power of the Shabbos lights (1957).
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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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