[Avodah] R' Soloveitchik on Single Women Lighting Shabbat Candles
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Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Single Women Lighting Shabbat Candles
By Aharon Ziegler on Aug 14, 15 1:00 am in Halakhic Positions
... Those who have family customs and if their
minhag [custom] is that the single women do not light their own
candles then they should certainly not deviate from their custom-
"Ve'al Titosh Torat I'mecha"...
.... As a matter of fact Rav Soloveitchik
suggested that Le'chat'chila, all women should indeed first turn off
the electric lights, light the Shabbat candles, open the electric
lights and then recite the Beracha.
Regarding single girls, Rav Soloveitchik noted that this was the
practice in Europe, even in his town, and that is how the Rav
practiced with his daughters when they were single-that they lit
their own candles, even with a Beracha, even when his wife also lit
candles with a Beracha.
Interestingly, RYBS promoted mimeticism in not taking on the practice
of lighting candles if one's mother and grandmother didn't light when
they were single and still living with their parents.
Yet in the same discussion, he acknowledges how the new reality of
electric lights makes relying on the mimeticism of making the berachah
on the candles / oil alone just a bedi'eved.
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