Shabbat Candles

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Available sizes:

8.3″ x 11.8″
21.0 x 29.8 cm
Limited Edition Reproductions Giclée
on Fine Art Textured Paper
11.8″ x 15.2″
30.0 x 38.6 cm
Handmade Amate Paper – Limited Edition
15.3″ x 11.3″
38.5 x 28.5 cm

Ellen Miller Braun uses four special blessings and prayers in this graceful rendition of Lighting of the Shabbat Candles. We begin with the blessing Woman of Valor; Proverbs 31. The intoxicating scent of a tropical bouquet of flowers fills the air, creating two beautiful candlesticks which represents the woman who is the base and foundation of the home.

The flow and grace of Woman of Valor leads us to the candles’ flames as they dance before our eyes. The flames are flickering with the blessing beseeching HaShem to show us favor and bless our household; that our deeds be in the service of the Creator. We pray that in the merit of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, our foremothers, that our candle lights will not be extinguished, that HaShems’s countenance shines so that we are saved.*

The blessing of the children creates an everlasting halo, shimmering around each of the Shabbat candle flames, creating a warm, constant glow. The blessing of Efraim and Manasseh glimmers around the right flame, blessing our sons. The blessing of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, shines constant around the left flame, blessing our daughters.**These halos reflect the pride and joy of each mother’s pedestal.

Cascading down the center of this exquisite, delicate, micro calligraphy design, Ellen inscribed, in Hebrew, the blessing:

“Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of the Sabbath.”

Peaceful Shabbat splendor radiates outward, illuminating this artwork, our homes and our lives with warmth and comfort, as we recite the ancient Blessing over the candles welcoming in the Shabbat. May your home and family be so blessed. Shabbat Shalom

* “Yehi ratzon” – May it be Your will HaShem, my G-d and G-d of my forefathers, that You show favor to me [my sons, my daughters, my father, my mother, my husband] and all my relatives.; and that You grant us and all Israel a good and long life; that You remember us with a beneficent memory and blessing: that You bless us with great blessings; that You make our households complete; that You cause Your Presence to dwell among us. Privilege me to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and understanding, who love HaShem and fear G-d, people of truth, holy offspring, attached to HaShem, who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds and with every labor in the service of the Creator, Please, hear my supplication at this time, in the merit of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, our mothers, and cause our light to illuminate that it be not extinguished forever, and let Your countenance shine so that we are saved. Amen.

**For Daughters:

May G-d make you like Sarah, Rachel, Rebekah and Leah

May the L-rd bless you and protect you.

May the L-rd countenance you and be gracious to you;

May the L-rd favor you and grant you peace.

**For Sons:

May G-d make you like Ephriam and Manasseh

May the L-rd bless you and protect you.

May the L-rd countenance you and be gracious to you;

May the L-rd favor you and grant you peace.