Saturday, January 5, 2008

Shabbat candles for multiple households


We have been learning about Shabbat candles.

When multiple families dine together, all households may fulfill their mitzvah with a single lighting, or light individually. Even though the first household to light has provided illumination, each subsequent lighting adds to the illumination and honor of Shabbat.

The popular custom, as I have observed it, is for each household to light its own candles.

Ideally, each set should be placed some noticeable distance apart from the others.

(Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 263:6)

Have a great day,

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