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My wife will be away for Shabbat; do we both light two candles?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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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 won’t trip over things; 2) to honor and delight in the Shabbat.1

 
Accordingly, even though your wife will be lighting elsewhere, you should also light at home and recite the blessing.

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  • 1. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 263:2-4; Magen Avraham loc cit. s.k. 13, 14.

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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.