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Women and Light


It was the early 1970's, the height of the Feminist Movement. Women struggled for equality and fought for an end to discrimination and sexism. Many sought out a meaningful response to a tumultuous era. It was at this very time that a worldwide campaign was initiated to encourage women to light Shabbat candles, placing women at the fore-front of a powerful and courageous mission of impacting the world by spreading light. For the Shabbat candles represent the light within and the power we each have to share light and warmth and joy, impacting our own lives and the lives of others in a very real way. In fact, the word ‘Neshek’ – the acronym for ‘Neirot Shabbat Kodesh’ is also the Hebrew word for ‘ammunition. It is with the power of light that we can battle dark forces around us. It is with light that we can reveal the unseen and intangible G-dly energy which permeates our existence. And it is with light – and particularly the light of Shabbat candles - that we can truly bring peace and tranquility into our own homes and lives.

Click here for a cute but meaningful short video about Shabbat candles. Click here for a video about Shabbat featuring Joe Liberman, Norman Lamm and others. Click here for everything you need to know about The Shabbos Project.

Click here for info about our Fri night dinner under the stars and other activities at Greatp Park on Shabbat 11-12 Oct.

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