Rabbi Steven Moskowitz is the rabbi of Congregation L’Dor V’Dor on Long Island’s North Shore. Prior to this he taught at the 92nd Street Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. His writing and teaching can be found on his blog.
Shabbat, as well as many Jewish holidays, begins with the lighting of candles. The candles are traditionally lit in the home at least 18 minutes before sunset. The lighting marks the beginning of a day of rest and refreshment.