Today people often light candles to create a certain kind of atmosphere. At special occasions and intimate moments, the soft light helps us relax. For Jews, this custom goes back thousands of years.
Because the Sabbath is traditionally a day to refrain from work, it is the perfect time to catch up on some sleep. You’ll find Jews around the world taking a Shabbat afternoon shluf (nap), or at least sitting down and relaxing for a couple of hours.
Yes, the rabbis of the Talmud gave you permission to get your drink on. Or, at least, to drink 3.07 ounces, the minimum amount of wine that the sages required in order to say kiddush on the Sabbath (although more is welcome, if you're in the mood).