Yom Kippur candle lighting has unique blessing

להדליק נר של יום הכפורים

Technically, we could argue that since Yom Tov is called "Shabbat" (see Leviticus 23 as an example), we should have just one blessing להדליק נר של שבת . I'm assuming that they instituted a separate blessing for Yom Tov, because one may light a fire from another fire on Yom Tov - something that you cannot do on Shabbat.

But Yom Kippur is much like Shabbat anyway, as one cannot do work or light a fire, just as on Shabbat. Why not use the Shabbat blessing for Yom Kippur?

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    Note not every place has the custom to light candles for Yom Kippur (Pesachim 4:4). it appears not to be a part of the enactment regarding other holidays.
    – Double AA
    Mar 30, 2017 at 16:03
  • This is the only case I can think of where Rosh Hashana has the same nusach as every other Yom Tov but Yom Kippur has its own.
    – Heshy
    Mar 31, 2017 at 12:30
  • @Heshy You may want to browse beureihatefilah.com. If I recall correctly, they say that the Shemoneh Eserh for Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur originally used Vehasieneu - the same as all other yom Tovim, prior to having a change which was done numerous years later.
    – DanF
    Mar 31, 2017 at 18:30
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    @Heshy I believe that on Rosh Hashana Chabad recite the blessing with the text להדליק נר של יום הזכרון
    – Joel K
    Mar 26, 2023 at 11:34

1 Answer 1


I think it's because yom kipur is called SHABAT SHABTON, so there is a spechial blessing.

Vayikra perek 16 pasuk 31 שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן הִיא לָכֶם, וְעִנִּיתֶם אֶת-נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם--חֻקַּת, עוֹלָם.

So this is more then a regular Shabbat.


because yom kipur isn't like a regular SHABAT according to the pasuk, so threre is a unique blessing.

[EDIT] I only see no all the comments but I will explain my answer, as OP understand why for Yom Tov there is another blessing the same applies here for Yom Kippur because it's not the same as regular SHABAT as you see in the pasuk.

Hopefully its better now

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    Hi Moshe, welcome to MY. Your answer could be greatly improved if you added some sources (where it's called Shabbos Shabboson) and expanded on how that applies here. Hope to see you around!
    – DonielF
    Mar 31, 2017 at 14:38
  • I'm downvoting your answer, for now, as it shows no correlation between the verse that you cited and the blessing for cancle lighting. As you know, the mitzvah of candle lighting in the home is not mentioned anywhere in the Torah. Neither are the blessings. If you can show this correlation with a source, I'll be please to change the vote.
    – DanF
    Apr 2, 2017 at 2:37
  • He said "I think." . Is it proper to downvote when one gives one's own opinion?(or did "I think" mean he thinks so from a forgotten source?) Apr 2, 2017 at 2:43
  • @davidk either way it's just his word against anyone else's for now. See my opinion about downvotes without sources at judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1446/759
    – Double AA
    Apr 2, 2017 at 14:18
  • @DavidKenner Other than the unsourced aspect, I down-voted this, because the opinion itself doesn't appear to correlate the verse to candle lighting blessings.
    – DanF
    Apr 3, 2017 at 16:34

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