"Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes the darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now light several candles or kindle a fire and experience the added warmth and comfort extending from that first, vulnerable flame through others."
John J. Murphy, from his book Leading With Passion
Find the Candle lighting times for your zip code and know that millions of other people are lighting their candles with you! Traditionally, candles are lit 18 minutes before sunset. It's a joy to join in at sunset on Friday nights, wherever we may be.
This is a page from With All Your Heart: A Shabbat and Festival Companion, by Julie K. Gordon, linked here as a Google Book.
This is a page from the World Union For Progressive Judaism's 20-page booklet Shabbat Evening Service, linked here as a PDF on their site.
This is from Michael's website. It's good candle information:
- Removing wax from your holders is best achieved by putting them in your freezer. Wax shrinks dramatically as it cools which means it will usually lift away immediately after the container is removed from the freezer.
- Ensure a tight fit (and prevent tipping) in candleholders by using a wax adhesive. Wax adhesives can also be used under a pillar to make them sit flat on uneven surfaces or to ensure they do not slip.
- Bobeches are a wax catcher for taper candles. They look like a flat doughnut that sits on top of taper holders at the base of the candle. Use bobeches to protect wax from dripping on fine crystal, furniture or an antique tablecloth.
- There is no such thing as a dripless candle. Any candle can drip in the right (or in this case, wrong) conditions. Always make sure candles are kept out of drafts which are the major cause of dripping.
- Always remove the metal wick clips from the bottom of votive candleholders before inserting another candle to be burned. The metal clips transfer much heat which can cause the container to unnecessarily crack or break.
The patchwork quilt pictured here was made in 1930, by Mrs. Edith Taubman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Taubman, who died in 1963, pieced this quilt as a bedspread for her grandson, using a 1922 pattern called the Texas Star, because it also happened to be the traditional six-pointed Star of David. After her death, Mrs. Taubman's family presented this fine example of Jewish Americana to the Museum.