Passover always begins with the lighting of candles at sunset. For observant Jews, neither the Sabbath nor any holiday can begin until lights have been kindled in the traditional way by the women. Let us remember the mothers and sisters, the daughters and friends, who have kindled the lights for thousands of cycles, thousands of years.
We kindle the festival lights, seeing them as symbols of human enlightenment and human kindness. As we remember those who suffered in the land of Egypt, and those who suffer around the world today, let the light from these candles shine in our hearts and our lives with hope for the end of suffering.
Blessed is the match that's consumed in kindling a flame. Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret depths of the heart. Blessed is the force that keeps alive the hope of freedom amidst the darkness of oppression.