Next Shabbes, the Shabbes before Purim, is Shabbes Zachor, a day on which we remember Hashem’s miracles and the kindness He displayed in saving us from the Amalekites. I received an email about the nature of this special day, and began thinking about the theme of remembrance. It’s a commandment to both observe and remember Shabbes- but it’s easy to leave remembrance to special days, such as next Shabbes. I felt that the email about Shabbes Zachor should have included a general note about remembering every Shabbes, not just the one before Purim, but the lack of any information on this topic led me to think about the topic myself. I realised how much more beautiful Shabbes would be if, every week, I took a few minutes to sit by the Shabbes candles and thank G-d for this amazing gift. To remember those who, unlike me, could not light Shabbes candles. Those who were persecuted. Those who to this day cannot publicly embrace their Judaism. I am truly privileged and truly lucky to have this amazing gift. Let’s make every Shabbes a Shabbes Zachor.
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 5:26 PM tonight. Shabbes ends tomorrow evening at 6:36 PM. When lighting your candles, please remember Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Yehuda Yitzchak ben Pessa, Shai bas Odeya and Leah bas Malpah for a refuah shleimah!