Shabbos Candles Apply to Hospital Patients Too
Package contents & delivery
Every Thursday or Friday patients are treated to a carefully prepared Shabbos care package, complete with grape juice, challahs, and a thoughtful and heartfelt get-well message. Our Chaplains also ensure that electric candelabras are made available for Jewish patients to safely conduct their own Friday night candle lighting in their hospital rooms.
Many are acquainted with the practice of lighting Shabbos candles as a favorite time-honored tradition of the Jewish home. Generally, it is the mother of the household who is privileged to carry out this beautiful tradition on behalf of the other residents of the house. Nevertheless, it should be recognized that in most cases, the obligation of reciting a blessing and lighting Shabbos candles extends to any building in which a person may spend the holy day, including private homes, dormitories, hotels, hospitals and care facilities. This is true even if the person’s spouse or other family member continues to light candles at home.
Revamping the Shabbos Candle-Lighting Experience
Electric Lamps: Suitable & Safe - Yet Expensive and Unwieldy
Nevertheless, safety regulations forbid the lighting of actual flames in hospitals and care facilities. And indeed, for many elderly and infirm individuals living at home, the same safety considerations likewise apply. Under such circumstances, one may fulfill the obligation and recite the appropriate blessing when lighting an electric lamp or bulb instead of a real flame. Thus, for many years the CMC has made available special electric “Shabbos candle lamps” for hospital patients and others. However, while providing a spiritually meaningful and aesthetically pleasing Shabbos candle-lighting experience, the relative unwieldy size and expense of these plug-in electric lamps necessarily limit their widespread distribution.
Introducing: The “Little Lights that Could”
To address this issue and help facilitate a comfortable, authentic and uplifting candle-lighting experience for many more members of the elderly and infirm population, the CMC recently designed and began distribution of a new “Shabbos candle” package. The beautifully designed package consists of two battery-operated tea light candles, along with a yearly lighting schedule and the text of all relevant blessings. The package has already earned high praises from the elderly and infirm, with many hospital patients and nursing home residents lauding its visually pleasing aesthetics, delightful portability, and ease of use.