Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Accepting Shabbat when lighting candles


We have been learning about lighting Shabbat candles.

It is assumed that a woman accepts Shabbat when she lights Shabbat candles. However, a woman who wishes may declare, before lighting, that she is not accepting Shabbat with her act of lighting. She may then wait until later (some time before sunset) to accept Shabbat.

There is a view that such a condition is ineffective because her act of lighting candles is such a blatant declaration of Shabbat. Therefore, this condition should not be used other than in a case of need.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 263:10; Mishneh Berurah 263:44)

Have a great day,

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