Sunday, October 14, 2012

Benefit from the light of Shabbat


Some people look at the Shabbat candles just before reciting Kiddush, and then at the actual cup of wine during Kiddush.

Looking at the Shabbat candles reminds us of the day, and gives us the benefit of the light of Shabbat. 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, though, 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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