I feel that the time when we are lighting Shabbos candles is the most special time of the week. When we are lighting the Shabbos candles it is a special time to ask Hashem for whatever we need. This time feels very spiritual and very holy. When I am lighting Shabbos candles it is as if I am lighting with my grandmothers all the way back, all those generations back to Sarah Imeinu.
Shabbos is also a time of rest. Right after we light the Shabbos candles we feel revived from our hard week.
This is also a special mitzvah because this mitzvah is for all Jewish women across the globe. All Jewish women are united at this time. I have decided that this must be a very special mitzvah because Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the Lubavitcher Rebbe ), appointed this mitzvah as one of the Ten Mivtzaim. This mitzvah is performed right after a busy day of work, Erev Shabbos. I will now share a very beautiful poem about the Shabbos candles:
As I sit here
My loaded mind is finally clear.
I haven’t felt so calm in a while
And all I can help but do is smile.
My family makes me feel so relaxed, there is nowhere else I’d rather be;
At objects in the room I stare
My emotions no longer in an exploding flare
Of hot flames. I look into my mother’s eyes,
Now they are filled with joy of a brilliant sky.
Then I look around and see
My siblings talking quietly, their thoughts free;
Shabbos is here,
It’s time to rest and have no fear.
— Simi Davidson, Age 12
Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh