Shabbat is here and it starts with one of the strongest symbols of the Jewish people, candle lighting. The ritual of candle lighting encompasses what is central in Judaism: the Jewish home.
L’Dor V’Dor, from generation to generation, one may remember one’s own mother lighting… or one’s grandmother… or the Jewish women who have been lighting candles every Friday night for over 4,000 years. It is a powerful link to Jews around the world for thousands of years.
Household customs vary, but in a family there are always at least two candles burning: one for the wife, and one for the husband. Many add one candle for each child, as each child is an additional blessing, each a source of new light coming into the world.