The friday evening Shabbat celebration, begins at sunset, in the home. It is a weekly time for "spiritual renewal," for each and every household.. Before we light the candles, we pray:

Blessed are You, G-d our Lord, King of the universe who has hallowed us through His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of the holy Shabbat."
The lighting of the Shabbat candles by the woman of the home. This officially marks the beginning of Shabbat. Shabbat is welcomed with a beckoning motion of the hands. We are cognizant that God chose another woman long ago to bear the Him "who is our peace:" Messiah, (Yeshua haMashiach) and He is the "Light of the World." The True Light which now shines. Two candles are lit. One symbolizes "to remember" (ZACHOR) and the other "to observe" (SHAMOR) the commands of the Lord.

The family attends a brief evening service of about 45 minutes. The man of the family recites Kiddush, sanctifying Shabbat. There is a prayer over the challah, (pronounded HALLAH) sweet egg bread shaped like a braid.

The Shabbat celebration is traditionally lead by the man and woman of the house. In the candle glow of Erev Shabbat, you meditate upon the goodness of God.


And the Spirit and the bride say: Come...And let him that hears say: Come...And him that is thirsty...And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely. (Rev. 22:17)
"The hands of Zerubabbel have laid the foundations of this house, his hands also shall finish it; and you will know that the Lord of Hosts (armies) has sent me unto you." (Zechariah 4:9)

For those who observe Shabbat, it is a celebration. As Shabbat is ushered in, it is compared to a bride or queen. It is ushered in as if one were expecting royalty. Preparations are made in advance. There is a deep spiritual significance to this, as Yeshua haMashiach has a bride, and this bride is the holy, called out people of God. This aspect of truth concerning the Shabbat Bride, goes back to the story of King Solomon, and to Solomon's Temple and the typological significqance of this. Solomon's name means "peace or rest."

In scripture, David is noted for being a man of war, for he was a warrior who shed much blood. David was allowed by God to lay up the materials for the temple, which Solomon built. But Yeshua haMashiach is the King with many crowns. Isaiah the Prophet prophesied Messiah's birth, saying:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and his name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice forever." (Isaiah 9:6-7)
He is the Corner Stone of the temple of God. He is crowned with a victor's a mighty warrior, and He is our "peace."