by Tova Younger
What can we do to ensure that we light Shabbas candles right on time? It could be we need to re-inspire ourselves. Re-prioritize, refocus.
How? Try some of these ideas:
Let’s fire up our family with the excitement of welcoming Shabbas
When the Chofetz Chaim asked him how this could be, the visitor responded, “My business simply cannot be successful unless it operates on Shabbas. However, I will say this: If, after I explain how the business operates, the Chofetz Chaim can tell me how to close on Shabbas and still be profitable, I am willing to follow the suggestion.”
The Chofetz Chaim shook his head. “No. I will explain to you how important Shabbas is and you will figure out how to keep Shabbas and be profitable.”
Needless to say, we cannot equate lighting at the last minute to chilul Shabbas . As long as Shabbas is brought into the home before shkia, the minimum requirement is fulfilled. But we would be remiss to do the minimum in this area, when we seek much more than the minimum in so many areas of our lives. As the Chofetz Chaim explains, if we can acquire the proper mindset, the rest will fall into place.
Let’s use our imagination and fire up our family with the excitement of welcoming Shabbas as befits the Shabbas queen. Tell stories; there are plenty and we can create more. Young children will be delighted to hear about how some imaginary family gets ready for Shabbas; you can elaborate and add on as your audience’s interest allows