Why Shabbat Candles?

Question

Why is it important to light the Sabbath Candles, and do we allow them to burn out by themselves by the end of Shabbat, or do we assist in the process?

7 months

Answers

  1. Two reasons are given for lighting Shabbat candles: Shalom Bayit – Peace in the home – and Oneg Shabbat – delight of Shabbat. It’s hard to experience Shalom Bayit while stumbling over furniture, or Oneg Shabbat while eating in the dark! By filling the home with light, Shabbat candles promote harmony and peace, and they make the food enjoyable.

    The candles should be left to burn down by themselves.

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