Did you know that it is your obligation to light a candle and say the blessing every Friday evening? The mitzvah of Shabbat candles applies to men and women equally.
The Shulchan Aruch Chapter 263 discusses who should kindle Shabbos lights. Both men and women are obligated to have a light burning in their homes on Shabbos. The Rabbi’s have traditionally charged women with greater watchfulness concerning this mitzvah because they were more frequently found at home and involved in the needs of the household, however in the modern world this is no longer the case. The Shulchan Aruch specifically mentions it is proper for the “husband” to involve himself in the preparation of the wicks and the lamps, and he should kindle lights in the other rooms where the woman does not light. It is also customary that the husband kindles the lights and recites the blessing on the first Shabbos after his wife gives birth.
Both a man and a woman who kindle a Shabbos (or Yom Tov) light are obligated to recite the following blessing before doing so: “Blessed are You G‑d, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of the Shabbos” (or “…the light of the festival.)”
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