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Does a single man light Shabbat candles?

Does a single man light Shabbat candles?


It is your obligation to light a candle, and say the blessing, every Friday evening.

The mitzvah of Shabbat candles applies to men and women equally.1 However, for several reasons (see Why is it the woman's role to light the Shabbat candles?) the rabbis instituted that if there is a woman (over the age of bat mitzvah) in the house, she should be the one who fulfills the obligation for the entire household.2

If there is no woman in the house, then the obligation falls upon the man.3


Shulchan Aruch Harav, Orach Chaim 263:5




Ibid 263:9.

Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Chaya Mushka, and their three children.
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Hugh David Pattison Bala January 6, 2017

does a single man light two Shabbat candles, I wondered if there is one for Dad and one for Mam, then two could be wishfull thinking thst you had a woman to do this, Reply

Mechooel February 14, 2014

Candel Lighting Let us not forget the loss of 6million of our brothers & sisters, the loss of future generation that will never is important to light because those lost in the shoa, the offspring that will not be born that can not light Reply

R Narz Saskatoon March 30, 2013

Theory vs Practise This sounds nice in theory, but I rather doubt if it gets done too much in practice by any men who are living alone and unmarried. If one has not fulfilled the mitzvah of marriage, then the whole sense of shame thing can perhaps sometimes lead one to become overly secular in practice. Reply

Abish nyc, ny/usa via March 27, 2013

I am a jewish man married to a gentile woman I light shabbos candles every friday by myself. Reply

Anonymous Chicago May 19, 2017
in response to Abish:

I am a convert to Judaism but I am more devout than my Jewish-born wife. She is not motivated to light Shabbat candles but I am, and I do so regularly, and share the experience with our children. I can't imagine that G-d would have a problem with my approach. Reply

dg 07446, nj.....usa December 7, 2011

a man lighting the shabbos candles..... is this shown in the torah....... Reply

DG October 29, 2011

the shabbat lighting of the candles..... I never saw a man light candles, especially shabbas candles.....but, if the woman is somehow incapacitated, is it still kosher if the man in the home does it? Reply

Anonymous April 16, 2009

single wom Does a single woman light one or two candles? I was brought up lighting two but someone told me that one lights two when one is married.... Reply

Robert M CT/ usa February 13, 2009

Keep up the good work of educating the world. It is most needed and deeply appreciated. Reply

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