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Techineh for Lighting Shabbat Candles

By Sarah bas Tovim

Lord of the World, may my observance of the commandment of kindling the lights be accepted as the act of the High Priest when he kindled the lights in the dear Temple was accepted. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105). This means: Your speech is a light to my feet; may the feet of my children walk on God's path. May my kindling of the lights be accepted, so that my children's eyes may be enlightened in the dear Torah. I also pray over the candles that my observance of the commandment may be accepted by the dear God, be blessed, like the light which burned from olive oil in the Temple and was not extinguished.