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

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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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Allowed to light the 2nd candle from a Shabbos/Yom Tov candle?

Given that it is permissible to light candles on the 2nd day of Yom Tov from a previous night's Shabbos/Yom Tov candle, would this permission be granted only to light one Yom Tov candle on Yom Tov ...
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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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Earliest reference to women making the bracha of Shechayanu by candle lighting on yom tov

There is a minhag that I think is prevalent in most of klal yisrael that when a woman lights candles in honor of yom tov she at that point recites the bracha of shechayanu (rather than being "yotzee" ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

Since Hanukkah, I have been attracted to the 'character' displayed by the flame of a candle. Even on Shabbat I have witnessed differences between two candles in how they burn (starting from any ...
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Why are Shabbat candles lit 18 minutes before sunset? [duplicate]

My understanding is that the number 18 is the amount of time it takes for an average person to walk 1 mil (side Q, how does this measurement translate to current English or metric units?) Why was ...
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If a lady missed the time to light the Shabbat candles, what should she do?

If shekia (according to sefardim and litvish minhagim) is 4:59, and the lady (who is litvish or sefardi) was busy preparing for the Shabbat. If by the time she got to the candles it was 5:00, what are ...
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Why can't we light Channukah Candles in the Day

We are commanded to light Channukah candles at night, to usher in each day of the holiday, and, if my memory serves me, we may light as long as there are people outside who can see the candles (ad ...
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What should one do if the shamash burns away before the other candles?

One important reason to keep a shamash candle burning in a hanukkiah is because Hanukkah candles are not supposed to be used except for fufilling the mitzvah. The shamash candle allows one to use its ...
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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say "SheHeḤiyanu"?...
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Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?

From what I understand the custom to celebrate a birthday with a cake adorned with candles that makes a wish on and blows out stems from a Greek ritual. As such I would like to know if any halachic ...
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Did the New York Times really testify to the eternity of the Jewish People? [closed]

There's a story I've heard quite a few times that is reprinted all over Jewish sites on the internet. It goes like this: On January 1, 2000, the NY Times ran a Millennium edition. It was a special ...
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Lighting candles when eating out on erev yontif

A recent question asked about lighting candles when eating out on Friday night: If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that ...
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Lighting Candles when eating Out on Friday Night

If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that some rabbis do not allow candles to be lit at the hall in the shul but instruct ...
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Where are we commanded to light candles Fri night? [duplicate]

The bracha for lighting candles Friday night is "who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to light the lamp of Shabbat." What is the source for the commandment? While we are on ...
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Should an unmarried woman light one or two Shabbat candles?

Should an unmarried woman light one or two Shabbat candles? I have seen both practices, but it seems that only little girls light one candle and that a grown-up woman lights two although she is not ...
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response to barachu vs candles, in bringing shabbat in early?

I understand how it can be that lighting candles bring in shabbat. But I don't understand how responding to Barachu(or any part of the davening) can bring in or be used to bring in shabbat. I can ...
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Why 2 candles for yom tov

For Shabos, there is a custom to light 2 candles: one for shamor and one for zachor. Shulchan aruch harav 263.1: ‏…אחד כנגד זכור ואחד כנגד שמור…‏ I understand that on yomtov ...
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Source for yartzeit candle?

What is the source for lighting a candle on the anniversary of someone's death (yartzeit candle)? What are the sources for lighting such a candle on other days such as Yom Kippur, Yom Tov etc?
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Why 2 shabbos candles? [duplicate]

Why do women light two candles, specifically, for Shabbos? Is it one for the husband and one for the wife? Is it one for shamor and one for zochor?
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When did the custom of silver candlesticks for Shabbat start?

I heard that it is a custom to give a bride candlesticks. Is this true? when did this start? Who has the obligation to do this? and more info on the subject with sources please. Is this true that it ...