The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, a day of rest. The Jewish Sabbath is not Sunday, but begins every Friday when the sun sets and ends at the same hour the next day.According to biblical tradition, it commemorates the original seventh day on which God rested after completing the creation.
Candles lit on Friday evening before sunset to usher in the Jewish Sabbath. Lighting Shabbat candles is a rabbinically mandated law.Candle-lighting is traditionally done by the woman of the household but, in the absence of a woman, it is done by a man. After lighting the candles, the lighter covers their eyes and recites a blessing.