I just wanted to mention the fact that I am not actually Jewish. I know a lot of people assume I am--and, for some reason, people have always thought I was Jewish because I "look" Jewish (their words, not mine), when, in fact, I am actually almost 100% protestant born Scots-Irish (with just a little Welsh and British thrown in for good measure). Interestingly, before all of that, my people hale from Hungary and there is a hint of Spanish in the Irish, which means I could be Sephardic, but...who knows?
My point is, I am not of Jewish decent, but I do honor many of the Jewish holidays, customs and laws...but for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with religion. I do what I do for spiritual reasons that have far more to do with science and the Universe, and since adopting these practices, my life has become more fulfilling than I ever dreamed possible.
On Friday nights I light my Shabbat candles and sing my prayers and usher in Shabbat for my family. But it isn't just that. I believe that in lighting the candles and singing my prayers that I am connecting with a Universal Light energy and in doing so I am connecting with every other woman in the world who is also drawing that energy down for her family. And, because we draw the Light into our homes, we draw it down not only for our families, but for all of the people around us--so everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the energy. From the Light. The Universal Light of Creation.
To many I'm sure it sounds absolutely insane...and that's fine. I've been called far worse than that (and had it be true--LOL). I happen to know that for me, this is the sanest choice I've ever made. It has changed my life and it has changed me on what I believe to be a cellular level. I am not who I was 6 months ago.
I have embraced the Light and all that comes with it. And, tonight, I will light the candles of Shabbat for you, and as I do so, I will send Love and Light to you and yours. It is my honor to do so.
Love and Light.