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A collection of FAQs on the topic of Shabbat and Jewish holiday candle lighting. Find out why Shabbat candles are primarily a women's mitzvah, which candles are kosher for Shabbat and holiday use, and much more!

Candle Lighting Questions and Answers

Candle Lighting Questions and Answers

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The most precious things in life are said silently.
Generally, blessings are recited before performing a mitzvah—such as before eating matzah or before lighting the Chanukah candles. There are two exceptions. however.
The rabbi in my synagogue tells me that my daughter should begin lighting Shabbat candles. My very traditional grandmother disagrees. Can you please enlighten me?
I know that we light holiday candles on the first two nights of Passover. But what happens when the first day of Passover falls on Shabbat, and the second night of Passover begins on Saturday? Does that change things with the lighting on Saturday night?
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