In memory of Hillel ben Avrohom and Pessa bat Yehuda
November 12, 2013
I am trying to become more observant, I decided about two years ago to start lighting candles and making our Shabbat dinner special. My husband was not interested at first, but gradually is getting used to the idea. He last week bought me two Shabbat candlesticks and I will surprise him this week by attempting to say the blessing in Hebrew. This is a terrific site for beginners, who want to learn.
July 10, 2013
Strictly speaking, one candle is sufficient, but as you write, it is customary to light two candles. The commandment to keep Shabbat is mentioned twice in the Torah; we are instructed to "remember" the day of Shabbat, and to "keep" it holy. Therefore, we light two candles, one to represent each term. Some add additional candles as well.
A divorced or widowed woman continues lighting the amount of candles that she has lit in the past. Customs differ regarding one who is single; a rabbi should be consulted. Chabad custom is that a single woman lights one candle.
Rochel Chein for chabad.org
May 28, 2013
something I just learned this year...
Just to point out, a married woman lights two candles for Shabbos - one for Shamor - "Guard the Shabbos" and the other one for Zachor - "Remember the Shabbos". The Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) does not mention them being specifically for her and her husband. (These 2 candles are besides the custom of lighting another candle for each child.)
The implications of this would be that a widowed or divorced woman still lights 2 candles. Similarly, if a single girl is living in her own house, she lights 2 candles for the Shabbos. Single men also light 2 Shabbos candles if they need to light their own.
Please correct me if this is wrong.
March 10, 2013
The candles do not need to remain lit for 24 hours, rather they should remain lit at least until the kiddush is recited a couple hours after candle lighting time.
Chabad.org Staff mychabad.org
March 9, 2013
Do the candles remain "lit" for the next 24 hours...? when do they get Extinguished..?
July 17, 2012
very nicely done
July 15, 2012
lighting the candles
i am still learning how to do this and need to learn the blessing. nxt Sabbath will be my 5th.
Anonymous 0000, Ireland
July 17, 2012
Re: Anonymous, Mexico
It is true that some Rabbis are of the opinion that it is best that one give a quick glance at the candles in between reciting the blessing and praying, Others (most) hold that it is unnecessary to do so.
Furthermore, they point out that it may be actually preferable not to gaze at the candles until after saying your prayers and requests, since we don't pray in the form of request on the actual Shabbat.(See Piskei Teshuvot on Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim 263:4 n. 45 for the various opinions on this).
That said, one should continue to follow the custom of their household, as both ways are valid.
Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org
July 14, 2012
After reciting the blessing one should look at the candles. (similar to when reciting a blessing on an apple one imediately eats it) Then one may cover the eyes again and pray.
Anonymous Mexico, Mexico
July 14, 2012
Are matches essential?
May one use, for example, a Bic Sure Start, which is lighter with a "trigger" on it? Or is it essential that Shabbat candles be lit with a match? I think with young children it's safer and easier to use the Bic instrument. Thank you for your guidance