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About Holiday Candle Lighting Times

About Holiday Candle Lighting Times

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First Night of a Holiday:

Candles may be lit before or after sunset. If the candles are lit after sunset, they must be lit from a pre-existing flame.

If the first night of the holiday is Friday night, then the candles must be lit before sunset.

If the first night of the holiday is Saturday night, then the candles must be lit after the conclusion of Shabbat.

Second Night of a Holiday:

The candles are lit after nightfall from a pre-existing flame.

If the second night of the holiday is Saturday night, one must wait until the conclusion of Shabbat before lighting the candles.

If the second night of the holiday is Friday night, the candles are lit before sunset, also from a pre-existing flame.

Click here for the times of sunset, nightfall, and end of Shabbat in your area.

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Rachel Texas May 31, 2017

Thank you for your guidance. חג שמח Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson via mychabad.org September 16, 2012

Re Prayer Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-sov ve-tzi-vo-nu le-had-lik ner shel Yom Ha-zi-karon.

Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of the Day of Remembrance.

The Shehecheyonu blessing:

Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom she-he-che-ya-nu vi-kee-yi-ma-nu vi-hi-gee-an-u liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time. Reply

Sandra Cohen Sub City Center, Florida September 15, 2012

What prayer is said over the candles the first night of Rosh Hashona Reply

Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org September 6, 2010

Blessings You can find the blessings that are said when lighting the candles here. Reply

Andrea West Columbia, SC September 6, 2010

Prayer said over candles What prayer is said over the lit candles? Reply

Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org September 16, 2009

Yahrtzeit candles A yahrtzeit candle is lit and yizkor is said on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, the last day of Passover and on the second day of Shavuot. The candle should be lit on the day preceding the holiday, usually before candle lighting. For more info on Yizkor practices see Yizkor: Recalling the Dead. Reply

sharon baltimore, md September 16, 2009

holidays and yahrtzeit lightings Which Jewish holidays you light yahrtzeit candles too? Reply

Chani Benjaminson, Chabad.org September 11, 2007

flame Your best bet is to purchase a 48 or 72 hour yahrtzeit candle and light it before the onset of the holiday on Wednesday, you can then use it to light the candles. Reply

Anonymous Iowa City, IA September 11, 2007

Holy day candle lighting How can you light candles on the second night of Rosh Hashana from a pre-existing flame when one doew not have a gas stove? Reply

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