Lighting Shabbat candles is one of the most universal and longstanding Jewish practices. By participating in this tradition, your family connects with today’s Jewish community worldwide and the generations from long ago. The custom of lighting candles is rich in symbolism and creates an atmosphere of sanctity and beauty. It communicates to us on a deep level that holy time has begun and that the busy and worried weekday world is fading away. The light of the Sabbath candles reminds us of the divine revelation of God through our Master Yeshua the Messiah.
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There is no commandment in the Torah to light candles just before the Sabbath, and yet it is one of the most universal and beloved of our Jewish traditions. On a practical level, the candles enhance the joy and honor of the Sabbath by providing light and beauty.
Messianic Judaism in the Six-Day War
In Window on Mount Zion, Pauline Rose tells the story of how she saw her hope in the Bible’s prophecies vindicated. When the Six-Day War broke out, the Rose house fell into a war zone. This is the inspiring story of how one woman’s faith put her in the center of biblical prophecy.
Sitting on my kitchen floor, wiping out a cabinet the night before Passover last year, I thought about how much we need examples. We need people who have gone before us and learned how to do this, but sometimes we don’t have them. We might need to be the ones to clear the path and be that example for someone else.