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At what age should a girl start lighting Shabbat candles?
Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, strongly urged that girls start lighting Shabbat candles as soon as they can recite the...

Are candles a must for the Shabbat light?
Technically speaking, you can turn the light on, and that is lighting the Shabbat candles. The problem is that there is no way to recognize that this is...

How early, or how late, can I light the Shabbat-candles?
Shabbat candles must be lit before sunset since Shabbat begins at sunset, after which it is forbidden to light fire. Standard candle lighting time is...

How many Shabbat-candles should I light?
Strictly speaking, it is sufficient to light one candle for the household. However the prevailing custom us to light (at least) two...

How do I prepare the Shabbat candles for lighting?
In preparation for candle lighting, some have the custom to light the candles and extinguish them, thus charring the wicks and making it easier to light...

Why do we close our eyes when lighting the Shabbat Candles?
I assume you are referring to the beautiful custom of covering one’s eyes with one’s hands during the blessing over the candle-lighting. The...

If I am a guest, am I covered by the hostess' Shabbat candle lighting?
A woman’s candle lighting only covers her household. This includes guests who will be eating together with the family and are sleeping in the same...

I am a single man, do I have to light Shabbat candles?
It is your obligation to light a candle, and say the blessing, every Friday afternoon.The mitzvah of Shabbat candles applies to men and women equally....

My wife will be away for Shabbat; do we both light two candles?
There are two general reasons given for lighting Shabbat candles: 1) So that there will be shalom and menucha (peace and rest) in the home and people...

Is any candle kosher for Shabbat candle-lighting?
In years gone by most candles were made of tallow (rendered animal fat). However, since the candles are used in and around food and dishes it has become...

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