So Many Questions.

This past Friday, I had a pinched nerve and decided it was best to spend my evening at home. I immediately felt a bit guilty about lighting the Shabbat candles as I was home by default vs. purposefully observing it. After lighting the candles, I read this weeks  Torah portion (Shoftim) and fell asleep listening to a Jewish themed podcast.  In the midst of this, a few questions came to my mind, which I cannot wait to talk to my Rabbi about.

1. Do I have to wait until sundown to light the candles?  (A friend of mine said that I can always bring in Shabbat in early…)

2.  What if I already ate?

3. If I am going to bed early and don’t want to burn my house down, how long must the candles be lit for?

4. Should I be saying a prayer every time I eat? If so…which one?

5. Asides from lighting the candles are there other sabbath prayer “musts”?

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become atttuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world” —Abraham Joshual Heschel “The Sabbath”.



6 thoughts on “So Many Questions.

  1. from the top of my head this is what i’ve learned:

    1. you can bring in shabbat as early as you want, but you can’t take out shabbat until it’s supposed to end

    2. you can light before you eat, but if you already ate, you can still do kiddush after candles so at least you have that

    3. you are not allowed to blow out the candles, but you also are not allowed to risk your life. I would light the candles in the sink so its safer, or get candles that burn out quickly

    4. yes, we have a prayer before every food (and after!). there is a chart im sure you can find on google on which blessing to say before which food. On shabbat, the blessing over bread takes care of the whole meal, so we only have to say one blessing before we eat

    5. havdallah is the prayer to end the sabbath…

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