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I am a single man, do I have to light Shabbat candles?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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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. However, for several reasons the rabbis instituted that if there is a woman (over the age of Bat Mitzvah) in the house, she should be the one who fulfills the obligation for the entire household (see "Why is Shabbat candle lighting a woman's Mitzvah?" and "Who lights Shabbat candles?"). If there aren't any women in the house, then the obligation falls on the man.

The mitzvah of Shabbat candles applies to men and women equally!


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Women & Judaism » Women's Mitzvot » Candle Lighting

(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
(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.
Bat Mitzvah
The twelvth birthday of a Jewish female. On this day -- customarily celebrated with a lavish party -- the adolescent reaches adulthood and is responsible to observe all the commandments of the Torah.