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Shabbat Candlesticks

We offer a wide assortment of Sabbath candlesticks, such as a range of prices that are attractive and modern and traditional styles in brass, brass, silver, and other materials.

The Light at the End of the Week

The Sabbath is the refuge toward which we operate and the start to your week, the end and the remainder from which we start. In observing the Sabbath, the things we use are just like a prayer which we take in ritual observance and our hands again.

Maybe you want to make a presentation to a family, or it’s time to buy a set of candlesticks for your family. Jewish .shop has a large selection, from candlesticks to creations that are modern, to journey candleholders.

Among the most iconic and pieces of Judaica is complete without at least one set of Sabbath candlesticks. For centuries artisans have been inventing new styles of materials and candlesticks to use to help families bring the light of the Sabbath.

What is Shabbat?

The Shabbat is the weekly ritual observed in the Jewish culture. This practice is held in high esteem by the Jews as they consider it as a direct command from the Lord Himself. The general tradition while performing the many rites during this ceremony is the lighting of two candles before the sun goes down on Friday.

The lightning of the candles embarks the Shabbat and this formal procedure is mainly carried out by the woman of the house. The warmth and glory of the candles increases when they are placed in the Shabbat candle holders. They find good use in the ceremony and hence act as perfect gifting pieces.

Perhaps the most well known Jewish practice related to the observance of Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the lighting of lamps or candles before the onset of sunset. The custom is often thought to have been introduced by the Pharisees, a Jewish sect in the late Second Temple period. Whatever the case, the practice is ancient and according to the first-century Jewish historian Josephus, its popularity had even spread among non-Jews.

Today

Today, the lighting of a special lamp or candles on the eve of the Sabbath is regarded as a religious duty. The early Tannaim (the first generation of rabbis of the Mishnaic and Talmudic period) viewed it as a well-known practice so much so that their discussions often dealt with the minor details connected with it, such as the kind of wick or oil to be allowed as opposed to its origin.

While the Bible does not explicitly direct the lighting of Sabbath lights, it does prohibit the kindling of lights on the Sabbath. The inference, therefore, is to provide light before the onset of the Sabbath. Let’s explore some aspects of Shabbat candle lighting in order to reach a deeper level of understanding this beautiful custom.

Firstly, the Shabbat candles are lit eighteen minutes before sunset. The Shulchan Aruch, the legal code written by Rabbi Yosef Caro, speaks of the concept of adding from the weekday onto Shabbat. This concept is known in Hebrew as Tosefet Shabbat.

The Shulchan Aruch then brings a variety of options of how much time one should add from Friday-a weekday- to Shabbat. The custom of adding eighteen minutes is based on a time measure that is unique to Judaism called Hiluch Mil, meaning the amount of time it takes to walk a Mil. A Mil is about one thousand paces.

It should be noted that although the eighteen-minute rule is the most prevalent custom, other customs do exist. In Jerusalem and Petach Tikvah, it is the accepted practice to light forty minutes before sunset. It is therefore recommended to check what the custom of the place you are at for Shabbat is with regard to lighting Shabbat candles.

One should use candles that burn until nightfall according to the Shulchan Aruch as if they were to not last as long as nightfall, the blessing recited over the candles would be regarded as a blessing in vain.

There is a concept called Oneg Shabbat- delighting in Shabbat- and one of the ways to do so is via the Shabbat candles. Once night falls the light of the candles can be enjoyed even more and it is therefore recommended to purchase candles that last as long as at least three hours.