Rest Candleholder by Via Maris - Midnight
Made from only two components, the form of the Shabbat candle holder supports two candles in a single gesture. Crafted from steel and designed to catch wax drippings, our Rest Candleholder securely holds candles through the use of a spike to accommodate multiple candle sizes, giving the form a weightless quality grounded by its supportive base. Candles sold separately.
- Color: Midnight (Navy blue)
- Care: Wipe with a damp cloth.
- To affix your Shabbat candles (sold separately) to your Rest Candleholder, center the candle on the spike and apply slow even pressure until the candle covers the spike and is secure.
- Material: Steel
- Size: Height: 4.84" Width: 6" Depth: 4.98"
Every Friday night before sundown, millions of Jews around the world follow the ancient ritual of lighting Shabbat candles. The ceremony is to celebrate the beginning of Shabbat, or the traditional day of rest, which lasts from sunset to sunset.
There are several theories as to how lighting Shabbat candles became a tradition. On a practical note, some scholars say that lighting Shabbat candles was necessary to illuminate dinner tables when fires couldn’t be lit. Others say the tradition traces back to the Jewish matriarch Sarah, Abraham’s wife, whose Shabbat candles burned from sunset to sunset. (It’s because of Sarah that women, not men, traditionally light Shabbat candles.)
One of the reasons we light two candles for Shabbat is that they correspond to the two forms of the mitzvah of Shabbat - to remember and to keep. Our sages tell us that the reason we light the Shabbat candles is to bring peace and tranquility into the home. According to some, this is one of the reasons for two candles - two represent two heads of a household. Of course, not every modern home reflects this and the meanings of two candles can be yours. Strictly speaking, you can fulfill the mitzvah of Shabbat candle lighting with just one candle.
More about Via Maris
Via Maris is a modernist Judaica brand based in New York City.
They aim to help Jewish people engage and re-engage with their faith and culture through a collection of refined, useful, and contemporary tools for observing traditions. They also hope to share our culture and these objects more broadly with people who are not Jewish and we welcome everyone and anyone here.