Question 1: Name an event or occasion you've been to where candles were lit. How did the candles add to your experience of the event?
Question 2: According to Rashi's explanation of the Gemara, what is the reason for the obligation to light Shabbat candles?
Question 3: Based on Rashi's explanation of the Gemara, how is the Gemara reading the verse in Lamentations?
Question 4: What do these sources suggest regarding the reason behind the Mitzvah?
Question 5: According to Maimonides, who is obligated in the mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles? What is the source of this obligation?
Question 6: Based on the above sources, do you think a person should be able to fulfill his/her obligation using electric lights? Explain.
Question 7: What does this verse suggest regarding the significance of candles? To what degree can it be applied to the Shabbat candles specifically?
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, "The Sabbath," page 66
Just as creation began with the word, "Let there be light!" so does the celebration of creation begin with the kindling of lights.
Question 8: According to Rabbi Heschel, what does candle lighting symbolize?
Background to the following source: The Shulchan Arukh was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo in 1563 in Safed. The Shulchan Arukh has been accepted the most accepted code of Jewish Law by traditional Jews.
NOTE: many women don't wave.
Background: Candle Lighting times that you will see posted are based on the calculation of 18 minutes before sundown. The following source gives the most likely explanation for this practice.