Forgot to Light Shabbos Candles


If a woman or girl forgets to light Shabbos candles, there is a Knas, a penalty, that she must light an additional candle from the following week onwards.

There are many discussions In Poskim about this Halacha:

  1. In a case where the forgetfulness is considered to be an absolute accident or for a reason beyond her control;
  2. There is a discussion about whether the same rule applies if she forgot to light candles on a Yom Tov;
  3. If she forgot to light the same number of candles that she normally lights and diminishes their number;
  4. If there is electrical lighting that illuminates the home anyhow; and other similar questions.

In any case where there is a question whether there is a Knas to light an additional candle from the following week onwards or maybe only the following week, a Rov should be consulted as to the details.



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See also:

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I missed lighting Shabbos candles. I’m not married. What do I do?

My wife lights 9 candles and last Shabbos she skipped one candle by accident and lit 8. Does anything need to be done about it?

קנס לאשה שאמרה לבנה הקטן להדליק עבורה נש”ק לאחר השקיעה