Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The role of men in lighting Shabbat candles


We have been learning about Shabbat candles.

We have said that although men and women are both obligated to light Shabbat candles, first choice goes to women. Men should still take a hand in the mitzvah, though, by setting up the candles.

For this reason, men in some households light the candles before their wives do, and then extinguish them, so that the wicks will kindle more easily for their wives.

(Mishneh Berurah 263:12)

Have a great day,

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