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Are candles a must for the Shabbat light?

by Rabbi DovBer Pinson

  

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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 something special in honor of Shabbat. Candles add a special atmosphere that is unique to the day.


Using an electric light as shabbat candles should only be done where an open flame is not possible, such as if you’re in the hospital.


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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.