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Mishna Brurah 263 s.k. 40 writes that the candles must remain lit at least until the meal has begun so that he derives benefit from them during his meal, otherwise the blessing on the candles is considered to be in vain (see Shulchan Aruch 263:9 which he is commenting on). He adds that it is preferred for them to remain lit until nightfall if that is later: ...


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While not precisely the same case, I believe this is included in this halacha (O.C. 268:6): הטועה בתפל' שבת והחליף של זו בזו אינו חוזר One who makes a mistake in the Shabbos prayers and switches one for the other (e.g. shacharis for mincha), he does not go back. The Mishna Brura there (14) explains: (יד) אינו חוזר - שעיקר ברכה רביעית היא רצה ...


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See here in Taame Haminhagim in the notes ובספר לבושי מכלול קו"א כתב בשם ספר א' דסכין חד סגולה לפרנסה דאינו עושה פרורין דקשה לעניות. והנה סופי תיבות של "פותח את ידיך" הוא השם הממונה על הפרנסה, ועל כן טוב לחתוך בסכין חד וחלק:‏ The reason is to avoid crumbs, that is a segula for parnasa, because Chatach is sofe tevot poteach et yadecha, and the shem ...


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I know this is essentially a repeat of the other answers, but this is a matter of life and death, chalilah! The floating wicks you are using are designed for OIL - not paraffin. To quote the Amazon link you provided: FOR CHANUKAH & SHABBAT: Perfect for your Hanukah Menorah or to use to light Shabbos candles, these wicks fit almost any oil cup. ...


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Shabbat candle lighting, unfortunately, is fraught with danger, especially when you have toddlers and babies in the house. Generally, the smaller / shorter you can keep the flame and the shorter the flame stays lit, the safer things are. (I don't understand why most Shabbat wax candles stay lit for 4 hours, and some, as much as 6 hours. Do we need them on ...


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There are a number of similar sounding questions to the one you posed which can be confusing, so while Alex's answer is indeed correct, it's helpful to understand the different issues so you can understand why some sources might "seem" to disagree. Here's the background: The rabbinic command of kindling lights on Friday evening is to have enough lights for ...


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In Gittin 8b The Gemora says a person may not ask a Gentile to write on Shabbos (or do any Melacha) except for writing a contract buying land in Israel then and there for fear of losing oppurtunity - כותבין עליו אונו ואפילו בשבת בשבת ס"ד כדאמר רבא אומר לעובד כוכבים ועושה The Mishna in Shabbos is specifically talking about asking the Gentile before Shabbos ...


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In a responsum (Shu"t Ohr Yitzchak 2:108) R. Yitzchak Abadi writes as follows: ומה שיש מדקדקים להדליק נרות ולהשתמש לאורם מיד או לאחר קצת זמן כדי שלא תהא ברכתם לבטלה הם טועים בדין דהנה מצות הדלקה היא כדי שיוכל להשתמש לאור הנר כל הזמן שצריך לו ואין זה כהדלקת נר חנוכה שקבעו לה זמן וכבתה אין זקוק לה אלא בנר שבת הוא חייב שיהא דולק כל זמן שאפשר שיצטרך לו ...


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