The mother is ushering in Shabbat.
The children are gathered around.
The father is in synagogue.
The mother lights the holy candles.
She covers her eyes, and makes the blessing.
“Blessed are you, G-d, King of the Universe, who made us holy with his commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat light.”
She then blesses her loved ones.
Shabbat is here, and it is time to stop all the routine, mundane things from the regular weekdays.
There is no work on the 7th day–it is the day for Hashem!
Rest, peace, and spirituality are upon us.
Let us celebrate together and rejoice.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)