Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Looking at the candles during kiddush


There is a practice of looking at the Shabbat candles just before reciting Kiddush, and then looking at the actual cup of wine during Kiddush.

Looking at the Shabbat candles reminds us of the day, and it also enables us to enjoy the light we created for Shabbat. Further, the Talmud indicates that there is healing power in the light of the Shabbat candles.

We turn our eyes back to the Kiddush cup during Kiddush to avoid distraction from the blessing.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 271:10; Mishneh Berurah 271:48)

Have a great day,

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