Candles have always been an important part of Jewish life and have a long meaningful history in Jewish culture. In the Torah, flame has been an indication or a reminder of God’s presence. In Exodus, God appears to Moses as a burning bush to tell him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. In Isaiah it is written that, “You shall no longer have the sun for light by day, and for brightness, the moon shall not give you light, but the Lord shall be to you for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory.”
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The Jewish people have integrated this idea into their traditions and celebrations and it has expanded to represent many different things. During Hanukkah, candles are lit on the menorah to remember the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. Before Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, candles are lit to keep and to remember Shabbat. Yahrzeit candles are lit on the anniversary of the death of loved ones in memory. And in every synagogue, the Ner Tamid or eternal flame rests above the ark to represent God’s presence.
We hope that in the age of constantly accessible electricity, LED bulbs, and cities that never sleep that the simple candle will still have a place in your home. Like how the lighting of the Shabbat candle represents a time of Sabbath, a time to leave behind work, a time to reflect, a time give thanks, a time to bless; this is the reason we chose to create a candle for our first product. We wanted to create something that would help to bring warmth and peace back in your home.