Thursday, December 27, 2007

The blessing on lighting Shabbat candles


We have been learning about lighting Shabbat candles.

Before lighting candles, one recites the blessing thanking Gd for the mitzvah "l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat להדליק נר של שבת" "to light the Shabbat lamp." Even one who is lighting multiple candles still uses the singular expression, because the essential mitzvah is to kindle just one light.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 263:5; Mishneh Berurah 263:22)

Have a great day,

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