Thursday, December 27, 2012

Forgetting to light Shabbat candles


The Sages were very concerned that Jews should take their Shabbat  preparations seriously. As such, they instituted a fine for someone who  forgot to light Shabbat candles (as opposed to someone who simply wasn't in a position to do it):

One who forgets to light on a given week is supposed to add one more  candle each week for the rest of his/her life. In other words, one who  used to light two candles would then light three each subsequent week.

If a family cannot afford the extra candles, then they should instead use longer candles, so that they will add to the mitzvah in that  fashion.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 263:1; Mishneh Berurah 263:7)

Have a great day,

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