Solid gold candles. 12 jewels on each.
Solid gold candles. 12 jewels on each.

Does your family have a tradition that they do every day, week, month or year? For my family our tradition is celebrating Shabbat every Friday. Besides us being there every time, these two candles are present each time as well. The story behind these candles is special to my family, especially to my mom. In the year 1980 at the age of 13 my mom had her bat mitzvah. This was an extremely important day to her and her family. As a gift from her temple she received two Shabbat Candles. These candles are made of real gold. In addition to that, they also have twelve jewels attached to it. Those twelve jewels represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Equally important to the candles, the holiday of Shabbat is also important to my family for many reasons. For instance, it allows my family to spend quality time with one another and talk about  our week. This allows us to reflect and understand what everyone is doing in their life. Additionally, we also all get to enjoy a delicious meal together made by my Mom. This tradition of celebrating Shabbat is one that has been passed down from generation to generation and continues with my family. With this in mind, I hope to continue this tradition when I get older. To sum it up, these two candles have been part of a tradition that has happened in my family for my whole life. Not only are the candles important but, the quality family time we receive as a result of the holiday is equally important to my family. 

Place(s): New York

– Jack Gold

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more