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accepted Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
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revised Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
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comment Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
@Alex your comment seems answer-worthy. Thanks.
Aug
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comment Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
Is there a limit according to those sources as to how many times you should punish yourself, both in terms of number of additional candles and in how long you should persist in lighting the additional candles? Is there a basis for not counting the weeks before you became observant? Any other "exceptions"?
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comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
@GershonGold You would call it something along the lines of (and more formal than) "time to finish your shabbat preparations."
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comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
It would if you could point to a source for the origin of that practice.
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comment Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
Perhaps my question was not clear. It is permissible (presumably) to light shabbat candles after "candle-lighting" time, so why call it that?
Aug
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asked Why do we call it “candle-lighting” time?
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asked Why do some women light additional shabbat candles for the past weeks they didn't light?
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Aug
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comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
#3 seems like a separate question to me. Can you bring any evidence to bear on your assertion that learning is a greater mitzvah than tzedakah?
Aug
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comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
I sympathize with the #1/#2 of your concerns, that we shouldn't be doing such cheshbonot in order to minimize our tzedakah obligation, but suppose this is not just "3 hours" but actually a substantial sum, such that the forgone income is perhaps 5-10% of one's total income from other sources.
Aug
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comment What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
The reason I posted so many situations above is because my LOR did distinguish between the cases, however I would like to see more sources. In particular, not sure why, but he did recommend I change my b'diavad situation to a l'chatchila situation, and that I NOT count the services b'diavad thus far towards ma'aser kesafim.
Aug
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asked What conditions must be met in order for voluntarily forgone income to count as tzedakah?
Aug
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comment What's the best way to make ashes (for weddings and/or pre-Tisha B'Av)?
Thinner breads, such as burrito wraps, make better ashes with less mess and less smoke.