Prepare for Shabbat: Light Shabbat Candles

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Shabbat customarily begins with the lighting of candles. Although traditionally a woman’s mitzvah, candles can be lit by anyone. The idea is that the Jewish way of fighting negativity and evil is not to attack the darkness head on. You’ll never win. Instead light a candle – do a good deed. A little light pushes away a lot of darkness.

To read up on the significance of candle lighting, as well as what the prayer is, click here.


  1. Light Shabbat candles with a friend or family member.

  2. Take a photo of the two of you ABOUT to light it.
    • Out of respect for the Shabbat, please take care NOT to take the photo after reciting of the blessing.

  3. Describe what Shabbat candles mean to you.