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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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the blessing when lighting electric-light Shabbat candles?

You may only use electric lamps for Shabbat candles when you absolutely cannot light real candles. (For example, a woman in the hospital...