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Who lights Shabbat candles?

by Mrs. Shaina B. Lipskier

  

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Each and every Jew is obligated to light Shabbat candles, but it is done by the women of the household, because the primary role and obligation of a woman is her home.

In addition, it was the first woman, Eve, who "extinguished" the light of the world by talking Adam into eating from the "Tree of Knowledge." This sin resulted in the "darkening" of his soul, which is also referred to as a light. Therefore women rectify this by lighting candles in honor of Shabbat.

Although it is a woman's job to light the candles, the husband should help in preparing the candles, and making the candles easier to light by lighting them and then extinguishing them.


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Shabbat
Women & Judaism » Women's Mitzvot » Candle Lighting

Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Adam
The first man, created by G-d on the sixth day of creation. He was banished from the Garden of Eden after eating from the forbidden fruit of the forbidden knowledge. Died in 2830 BCE.