Siddur Ba-eir Hei-teiv --- The Transliterated Siddur

Sabbath Candle-Lighting Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Lee Wagner   
Thursday, 15 May 1997 19:00
All transliterations, commentary, and audio recordings are copyright © 1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, or 2016 by Jordan Lee Wagner. All rights reserved.

The celebration of the Sabbath begins when one lights the candles, or when one recites the evening service, or at sundown --- whichever occurs first. It is customary to light the candles at 18 minutes before sundown. For candle-lighting times in your area, call (718) 774-3000.

Candles can cause house fires. Put candles in a safe position --- away from pets and flammable materials. Dripping wax is also a fire hazard; use holders large enough to collect it.

Before lighting, trim the wick to 1/4 inch to prevent smoking or too large a flame. Keep candles away from drafts to prevent rapid, uneven burning and excessive smoke.

Light the candles, then use your hands to block their light from reaching your eyes. Recite the benediction below, then move your hands away to see the lights.

Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai,

E-lo-hei-nu, Me-lech Ha-o-lam,

a-sher ki-d'sha-nu b'mits-vo-tav


l'had-lik neir shel Sha-bat.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 22:51

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