There is no commandment in the Torah to light candles just before the Sabbath, and yet it is one of the most universal and beloved of our Jewish traditions. On a practical level, the candles enhance the joy and honor of the Sabbath by providing light and beauty.
Prayers, Blessings, and Songs for the Sabbath
Vine of David is very pleased to present the new Sabbath Table prayer books, representing a key component of faithful Jewish living. Exquisitely crafted, comprehensive, and user-friendly, The Sabbath Table is a great resource for all who love Shabbat.
Even at the beginning of exile and the destruction of the Temple, God promises that one day the Messiah will come and redeem Israel. The story is not so much about predicting when the Messiah will be born but to point out that even in total darkness there is light in the distance.