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Shabbat candlesticks are candles lit every Friday night, eighteen minutes before sundown, to usher in the Jewish Sabbath. It is a rabbinical mandated law to light candles during the Shabbat. This is traditionally lighted by the woman of the household, but if in any case a woman is not available, it can be handled by the  man. Once the candles are lit, the woman waves her hands over them, covers her eyes, and recites a benediction.

Two flames before Shabbat reminisce the commandment to “Remember and Observe” this special day. While candles are still the preferable flame, a lot of people have now switched over to using liquid paraffin oil inside candle shaped glass bulbs. A lot of young girls light one candle until they get married. A lot of mothers light one candle for each of their children - to symbolize that each child gives additional light to the world. A Shabbat candlestick can make an excellent Jewish wedding or housewarming gifts.

Lighting a candle has always been an exceptional and auspicious time, one of a quiet prayer and meditation. The Jewish girl or woman stands in front of the lighted flames with their eyes covered while saying the blessings. The purpose that the benediction must be said afterwards, rather than beforehand lighting the candles is because if the benediction were to be said first it would appear as though the woman has already "initiated Shabbos." Therefore, she would not be allowed to light the candles, as lighting the candle on the Shabbos is prohibited.

At this moment, when the family is assembled together, the woman has traditionally offered a verbal or silent prayer on behalf of her children and husband. In past generations, personal prayers in Yiddish called "techinos" were typically said by Jewish women prior to doing a Mitzvah and on special occasions. As a ceremonial art or object, the candle is generally not included, but it has great importance. Whether intentional for practical functions such as supplying light, or for more evocative, quasi-magical endings, like rejuvenation of the winter sun, just about all festival and celebration uses candles at some point.

Each Mitzvah presents light into the world. With certain mitzvoth, the light we produce can truly be perceived and valued. Lighting candles to bring in the Shabbat is one such Mitzvah; the candles offer a calm and delicate atmosphere to the religious holiday of rest.

Shabbat candles are customarily a woman's Mitzvah. The woman lays out the personal manner of her home; it is her job and God-given ability to ensure that light and harmony persist in her home.
Young girls are allowed to light a Shabbat candlestick when they are able to recite the blessing (approximately three years of age). A man can only light the candles if there is no adult woman available.
The necessity in lighting the Shabbat candlesticks is of rabbinical descent. It is customary to light two candles, but in certain homes an extra candle is lit for every child. The lighting of Shabbat candlestick has a double purpose: To "honor Shabbat” and produce Shalom Bayit or domestic serenity.

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Lively Pomegranate Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Lively Pomegranate Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Price:$39.00

Let Israel’s favorite fruit, the beloved pomegranate - symbol of wealth, wisdom and plenty - accompany you as you welcome the Shabbat using these ceramic pomegranate candlesticks. Choose a striking red and turquoise color theme or go for the dignity of the brown and beige combination. Comes with matching tray.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Lively Blessings on Ceramic Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Lively Blessings on Ceramic Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Price:$39.00

Time for a change. Energize your Shabbat candle lighting ritual with these trendy ceramic candlesticks handcrafted by Michal Ben Yosef. On a rich brown background are bold black letters with the Hebrew words for health, joy and good fortune. The cream colored tray completes the picture.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Serenity Ceramic Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Serenity Ceramic Candlesticks with Tray by Michal Ben Yosef
Price:$39.00

Feel exclusive as you kindle the Shabbat lights on these luxurious looking ceramic candlesticks. The white marble look is highlighted with a delicate blue and orange band and a pomegranate encircled with black and gold words from the Shabbat prayer. The candlesticks stand on a matching tray giving it the perfect finish.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Purple Flower Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Purple Flower Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

Even if you are not a flower lover, you will adore these flower ceramic candlesticks from Michal Ben Yosef. On a crazed white petal base with a pale blue band are more ceramic colored layers. The purple disc in the center adds an original look that will bring interest and charm to your dining ware.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Turquoise Flower Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Turquoise Flower Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

These ceramic flower candlesticks - a magnificent gift of love that says more than a thousand words. The red and turquoise color theme with the crazed white base make this the perfect choice to be used for kindling the Shabbat lights, for decoration or for illuminating a dining table.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Brown Pomegranate Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Brown Pomegranate Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

The perfect show-stopper! Peek into this brown open pomegranate and see the two tea lights waiting for you to kindle them and enjoy their subtle glow. Use for Shabbat candles or for that romantic table decoration. Made from sturdy long-lasting ceramic by Israeli artist Michal Ben Yosef.

For use with tea lights
Beige Pomegranate Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Beige Pomegranate Candlesticks by Michal ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

Showcase your love of Israel with Michal ben Yosef's earthy-chic Beige Pomegranate Candlesticks. Connected at the base, this original ceramic tealight holder alludes to an open pomegranate, bursting with bounty and blessings.

For use with tealights.
Pink Flower Candlesticks by Michal Ben Yosef
Pink Flower Candlesticks by Michal Ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

Whether you are kindling the Shabbat lights, enjoying a romantic supper or holding a family celebration - these ceramic flower shaped candlesticks will add that special ambience making it a memorable occasion.  The crazed white petal base carries three layers with a pink color theme, enhancing the table ware and the meal.
For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Green Flower Candlesticks by Michal Ben Yosef
Green Flower Candlesticks by Michal Ben Yosef
Price:$45.00

Small but meaningful, these ceramic candlesticks will add glamor and atmosphere to your dining table. On a crazed white petal base rest flower layers with a green color theme. Use as an extra pair of candlesticks for Shabbat or Holiday guests. When not in use, makes a delightful decoration.

For use with tea-lite in glass holder provided
Blue and Turquoise Candlesticks by Tzuki
Blue and Turquoise Hand Painted Candlesticks by Tzuki
Price:$175.00

Add a bit of style and flair to your Shabbat candle lighting ceremony with the youthful Blue and Turquoise Hand Painted Candlesticks by Tzuki Art. Featuring a young crown-donning mother in a light blue outfit ceremoniously embracing two green over-sized flowers, this delightful candlestick is sure to become a favorite!