Friday evening is setting upon the world; the workweek is coming to a close. A week of activity, a week of growth, a tiring week. But as the sun goes down, a new day is being ushered in: the day for which we toiled the entire week, a day of rest and tranquility, the holy Shabbat.

Greeting the Shabbat (as well as Jewish holidays) are women and girls across the globe. Shortly before sunset they light the shabbat candles, the flickering flames that carry a message of light, of hope and of peace, illuminating and inspiring a troubled world.

As the candles burn bright, we whisper a prayer. A prayer for our homes and families, for our people and for humankind. A prayer for the great light to which these little flames beckon, a prayer for the era of the Moshiach.

Please note: Shabbat candles are lit shortly before, but never after, sunset. Lighting candles after sunset on Friday evening would be a desecration of the Shabbat. The candle lighting time is displayed each week on our homepage. To receive a weekly reminder with the candle lighting time please subscribe here.

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