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Shabbat Candles

Candle-lighting time is powerful and redemptive. In a few precious moments, with a few carefully considered words and a few emotionally charged thoughts, you can change your life. You can even change the world.

by Ariella Wolf
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When we are faced with dark times in a dark world, we have two choices: we can curse the darkness or we can bring light into the darkness.

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Alex clare

The Jewish people have an incredible spiritual and musical heritage. One of the most meaningful parts of the Shabbat meal is when we sing Shabbat songs.

by Alex Clare
Tweski

As Shabbat approaches, we create a place for the additional neshamah by discarding much of the weekday matter we have accumulated.

by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski
Rav dovid cohen

After the chaos of the week, when it's time to bless the children on a Friday night, this is our uninterrupted moment to share in, completely.

by Rabbi Dovid Cohen
Ben Juda

Shabbat as a bulwark against transhumanism? Ben Judah argues that the laws of Shabbat safeguard something more essential than family time and Friday night dinners…

by Ben Judah
Daniel Browde

“It was a long time ago — I am 42 now — but I still think about that Shabbat. That feeling of a great spirit body moving across the face of the dark water is an experience I still marvel at and have never felt again.”

Join author Daniel Browde on a lyrical, mysterious journey back in time to a Shabbat that has stayed with him.

by Daniel Browde
Rosemary Friedman

In my twilight years, defined by early Jewish memories, I concluded that, while you can take the girl out of Shabbat, you can't take Shabbat out of the girl.

by Rosemary Friedman
Andrea Schneider

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A time of death. And a time of life. I experienced the immeasurable loss of one person. And I filled the yawning chasm with a sense of belonging to an entire people... This is the story of how one fateful Shabbat changed everything.

by Andrea Schneider
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I have made plans to spend Shabbat with a super-frum community, who will be unaware that there is a rugby world cup on the go.

by Simon Apfel
Gilded Edges

This is our time as a family – when I put my phone down, when it’s just us around the table, the candles glowing, the wine sweet.

by Sarah Tuttle-Singer
When the Lights Go Out

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

- T.S. Elliot

“…And in the darkness bind them.”

- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings

by Simon Apfel
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