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The mitzvah to light candles on the eves of Shabbat and Yom Tov.

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Torah source for lighting Shabbat candles

What is the written Torah source requiring Jews (and/or specifically Jewish women) to light Shabbat candles just before Shabbat begins? My understanding is that mitzvot may only come from the written ...
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Shabbat candles penalty when traveling

Regarding the knas of women lighting multiple shabbat candles — must she light all those extra candles for the rest of her life? My main question is concerning when traveling, must she light all the ...
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Can one someone have a roommate light Shabbat candles for them

If a Jewish person shares a dorm or apartment with another Jewish person and the other person lights Shabbat candles, are they covered by that lighting or no? In this case they are not related nor are ...
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Chanah Earned Shmuel Through Niddah, Challah, and Ner Shabbos?

Dinonline quotes the Hagahos Maimonos (Zeraim, 30) who suggests Chanah earned a son like Shmuel HaNavi because she was so careful with Niddah, Challah, and Ner Shabbos. I can't find this Hagahos ...
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Is there a reason to use a shamash, beyond for light?

I always understood the purpose of the shamash to be to light the other, mitzva candles with; and that it used to be used as the candle that could be benefitted from. Seeing as the first purpose is ...
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Can/should one undo a miracle?

Partially based on this question and answer If a person experiences a miracle related to a mitzvah, for example a Chanukah candle is lit with only enough oil to last one hour and it miraculously ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

If someone lit Chanukah candles with enough oil/wax to last more than 24 hours and now wants to light the same Hanukiah the next day with the original candle still burning what would the proper action ...
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How long must you benefit from shabbos candles [duplicate]

For example if a woman lights candles and wants to go somewhere. How long should she sit in the glow of the candles and benefit from them to be considered benefiting for Oneg shabbos. The ideal is to ...
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When Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, do we do havdalah? Why?

This year in the diaspora, Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, and Simchat Torah begins as Shabbat ends. My understanding is that we light candles to usher in Simchat Torah, so I was wondering if we did ...
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Why do we say "shel Yom HaKippurim" for Yom Kippur candlelighting but "shel Yom Tov" for all other Yom Tovim?

I recognize that Yom Kippur is special, VERY special. But Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot aren't exactly chopped liver, as the saying goes. And it is no more difficult to say "shel Rosh ...
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Yahrzeit candle. Is the observance to light the candle or that it should be alight?

Two people have yahrzeits for their relatives on two successive days. They agree to light a 2-day candle. Can the day-2 person rely on that candle for his observance or should he extinguish it and ...
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Blessing Over Gentile Candle

Some questions arose when reading [Mishnah Brachot 8:6]1 One may neither recite a blessing over the candle nor over the spices of gentiles, nor over the candle nor the spices designated to pay ...
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Shabbat Candle Lighting

SHEMIRATH SHABBATH by Rav Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth ZT”L is, in my opinion, THE supreme, most authoritative English guide to the Halacha (and more!) of Shabbat and Yom Tov. I do have a question in ...
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Shabbos Candles That Went Out On Shabbos - Relighting Them After Shabbos

I have heard that some have the custom to relight after Shabbos any Shabbos candles that went out on Friday night. What is the source for this custom if any?
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Shema vs Shabbos Candle Lighting

Can anyone possibly enlighten me as to why when reciting the first verse of Shema one covers their eyes using one hand (the right hand) as opposed to when lighting Shabbos candles one is to cover ...
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When does the prohibition of Melacha start for men?

On Friday evening, does the start of shabbos, i.e., no longer the ability to perform melacha, begin at candle lighting (let's say 18 minutes pre-sunset as that's that standard minhag in America) or ...
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Hanukkah Glass Menorah Drip Tray with Brachos on it

Would it be mutar to place the menorah on a Hanukkah Glass Menorah Drip Tray https://www.amazon.com/Rite-Lite-Tempered-Glass-Menorah/dp/B00PBFBUOO even if the drip tray has brachos on it, or would ...
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Chabad adding word KODESH to Shabbat Candle blessing

Chabad adds the word "kodesh" to the Shabbat candle blessing. In Shulchan Aruch HaRav RSZ has the standard, regular blessing, but the Siddur is later, so they follow that. But, my REAL question is: ...
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Shabbos Candles

What do the sources say about this situation: A male on his own wants to go to shul on Friday night. There are two parts to the question. 1) What is the earliest time at which he can light his ...
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Cherem ceremony: candles?

Encyclopedia Judaica (sv 'Herem') says that when a cherem was pronounced, a ceremony would be held in synagogue involving wax candles. Can anyone point to sources discussing this ceremony?
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Is there a minimum amount of time for Shabbat candles to stay lit?

Most wax Shabbat candles that I have seen tend to stay lit approximately 4 hours. Some, I've seen stay lit closer to 6 hours. Is there a reason as to why these candles last for that time? Can one use ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

My wife recently switched from using wax candles to oil in glass cups when lighting for Shabbat. The cups were about half water, half oil. She put some floating wicks in and lit them the way she ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles

On the second night of Yom Tov, can one take fire from a yartzeit candle to light your Yom Tov candles?
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

If one lit Shabbat candles before dark, had them burning during dinner, and now wants to go to bed, but is worried that a cat or a dog might knock them over and cause a house fire; is it permissible ...
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Why do women wave their hands in front of the Shabbos candles before making the bracha? [duplicate]

There seems to be a widespread custom among women to wave their hands in front of Shabbos candles before making a bracha on them. I have never seen men do this when lighting the Shabbos candles. Why ...
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Can Yom Tov candles be lit at daytime if forgotten at night?

If one were to forget to light candles on Yom Tov eve, but remembers the next morning - can s/he still fulfill his obligation to light candles during Yom Tov day with a Brocha? (Being daytime, it ...
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When are electric candles permitted?

I know that different rabbis have issued different rulings on whether it is permissible to light electric candles and recite the appropriate blessings. But do some rabbis permit it in some cases but ...
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Permissible to light one Yom Tov candle from another?

In a two-day Yom Tov in the diaspora, is it permissible to light two Yom Tov candles on Yom Tov Rishon, one of which is a 24-hour candle, and then, on Yom Tov Sheini, to light two Yom Tov candles for ...
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For how long has the Bracha on nerot Shabbat been around?

When did the Bracha on nerot Shabbat come into play? I know that the Mishna mentions generally the mitzva mid'rabanan to light a light on Shabbos. But when did klal yisrael begin saying the Bracha?
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A poor person, Chanukah candles v. Shabbos candles, and selling clothing to buy candles

Although one who cannot afford Shabbos candles is not required to sell his clothing to fund them, one who cannot afford Chanuka candles is required to sell his clothing. (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 671.) ...
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When to light yom tov candles?

At what time should one light the candles on (the first night of) yom tov? On yom tov it is permitted to light a fire from a pre-existing flame (unlike shabbat) so it seems like one could light yom ...
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Seeking tips for removing wax from candle sticks, yahrzeit glasses

Removing wax from candlesticks and yahrzeit glasses is difficult for me. For example, if I put a yahrzeit glass into hot water, the wax floats to the top and then I have to try to separate the wax ...
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When does Shabbat officially start?

I am confused about the exact/official time of Shabbat starting. Is it 18 minutes before sunset, when the candles are lit, or at sunset?
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Interpretation of Numbers 11.5 in Midrash Rabba

I recently read that following verse in Numbers 11.5, 'Bamidbar': "We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free of charge, the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic" (...
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Why is the blessing over the candles said after lighting the candles?

All of the blessings I know of over bread, wine, washing of hands, installing a mezzuzah, reading from the Torah, studying Torah the blessing is said first, and then the action is done (reading from ...
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When does the Yom Kippur fast actually start? [duplicate]

Does the fast start after candle lighting (i.e., 18 mins before sunset) or does it start strictly at sunset? I suppose that if it starts immediately after candle lighting, one can light candles ...
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stubbing your toe and peace with you wife, what is the connection

one of the reasons for lighting shabbos candles is "peace in the home" shulchan aurch harav 263.1 explains "peace in the home" that not to stub you foot on wood or stone the mishna torah megila 4:...
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Does one's wife have to observe "early" Shabbat if her husband does? [duplicate]

If a man attends an early Shabbat minyan long before the latest candle lighting time (18 mins. before sundown, e.g.) and has started Shabbat before then, must his wife accept Shabbat at the same time ...
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Hand waving during candle lighting [duplicate]

There seems to be a ubiquitous minhag for women to wave their arms around when they light candles, let's say for shabbos. I don't mean covering their eyes with their hands I mean waving around in the ...
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Doing Havdolah with no flame or spices

Suppose someone finds themselves with no candle to do Havdolah with. He neither has a Havdolah candle nor two candles in which to put together and light. What should he do? I would assume he would ...
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Candles, becoming a bas mitzvah on Shabbos

If a girl becomes a bas mitzvah exactly on Shabbos, can she fulfill the mitzvah of lighting candles on behalf of another person on that week? On one hand, the candles are specifically for Shabbos, ...
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Candles in bedroom during Tisha B'Av

This question discusses the practice of keeping a candle lit in the bedroom on Yom Kippur. It suggests--although I dispute this somewhat--that the main purpose of this candle is to discourage marital ...
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Why did the Gaon of Vilna kindle many Shabbat lights?

I am making my giur and got a book from my teacher with all kinds of questions. In the chapter about lighting the candles I found one I am not able to answer: It is reported about the Gaon of Vilna ...
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Why is there a unique blessing for Yom Kippur candle lighting?

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 ...
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Did the miracles which attested to Rivka's quality remain when Rachel joined the family?

Did the miracles of the candle's remaining lit all week, the challah's staying blessed and the cloud hovering, which resumed when Rivka was brought home by Yitzchak also happen by when Yaakov married ...
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Is a non-Jew permitted to light the Chanukah Candles

Are there any halachic rules concerning the lighting of the Chanukah Candles by a non-Jew/gentile.
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Is the olive oil I get for my menorah regular regular olive oil?

Some are accustomed to light for Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Chanukah with olive oil. Is this olive oil (such as the one sold at my local judaica store here) the same type that one can get in a grocery ...
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Lighting from a pre-existing flame on 1st night Yom Tov if saying brachos first?

Some have the custom to say the bracha before kindling lights on (erev) Yom Tov. The linked page claims in one place that this is allowed because we don't receive Yom Tov with the bracha, and in ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

What are the origins of the tradition to use a round 7-branch candelabra for Passover? Who uses it, when, how, and why? I am talking about something that looks like this: ...Perhaps interestingly ...
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Other sources of light to bless Shabbat over

In places were candles are unsafe or prohibited from use, could light emitting diodes with batteries substitute? Closing the circuit would be regarded as work. But so is lighting a candle for any ...
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