Shabbat lights set the tone and honour the day of Shabbat in a distinctive way.
While the usual Jewish custom is to kindle authentic flames, Jewish patients can light battery-operated candles in hospitals rooms. If you cannot obtain battery-powered candles, you can turn on any light in your room to bring in the light of Shabbat.
Step by step on how to light Shabbat candles in Hospital:
1. Turn on each of the battery operated candles (2 candles) or light in your room.
2. Wave your hands over the candles, cover your eyes, and proceed to say the blessing:
Transliteration: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
English: Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to light Shabbat candles.
3. Say a silent prayer/meditation asking G-D to bring goodness into our lives.
Shabbat Kits are distributed in certain hospitals, such as:
Prince of Wales Hospital (Private and Public)
Wolper Jewish Hospital
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
Royal Womens Hospital
Let us know if you need a Shabbat Kit by clicking here.