Our Matriarchs Shabbat Candlesticks
In the prayer as women light their Shabbat candlesticks, they say: “Please hear my prayer at this time through the merit of our matriarchs Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah, and cause light to shine from our candle so that it shall never be extinguished.”
In these candlesticks, inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting “The Dance” (1910), we honor the Four Matriarchs as they hold each other, dancing on the circle of life upon which are inscribed these words. The matriarchs’ heads support the candle holder. The space enclosed by their touching feet represents the womb, and the candle, which symbolizes life in Jewish culture, emerges from this womb.
Materials: Sterling silver
Size: 3 3/4″ diam x 3 1/4″
Candle-holder can be removed for cleaning.
Meet the Artist: Avi Biran
Avi Biran creates contemporary Judaica that is a perfect blend of function, art, form, humor and joy. Avi studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem, Israel. His artistic excellence earned him the Bezalel Prize for Outstanding Achievements and the prestigious Lucman Prize for Judaica, as well as the Jesselson Prize for Design of Contemporary Judaica awarded by the Israel Museum. His creations seamlessly integrate the requirements of Halachah (Jewish laws) with those of Hiddur Mitzva (meticulous performance of a commandment "in all its glory").Learn More