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What should be done if I forgot to light the Shabbat candles in time?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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If one has, G-d forbid, forgotten to kindle the Shabbat candles before sunset, a non-Jew should be requested to light the candles. The Jew then covers her (or his) eyes and recites the blessing with a slight variation: Boruch attah... asher kidishanu... al hadlakat haner. (Blessed are You... Who has sanctified us... and commanded us regarding the kindling of the candle.)

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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.