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Nir Rubin

And Where was the Light Hidden?

Candle Lighting Blessing from the Hamahanot Haolim Educator Movement

And the Lord said: Let there be light and there was light.

And the Lord saw the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness.

And with the light that the Holy-One-Blessed-be-He created on the first day, a person is able to see from one end of the world to its other end.

When the Holy-One-Blessed-be-He watched humans and saw their deeds were corrupt, He hid it from them. And the Lord created the small luminary to rule at night with the stars and He placed them in the firmament of the skies, to separate between the light and the darkness. And why was it necessary to separate them?

So that man's soul would, from then on, search the great light that was hidden.

And where was the light hidden? In the hearts of people. And when they dedicate their hearts to one another, the light will emanate from them once again.When we light the candles, we wish for a week of togetherness, attentiveness and benevolence.

Blessed are you G-d, our Lord, King of the universe, who commanded us to light the Shabbat candles.

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