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Yom Tov Candles


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When lighting the candles for a Yom Tov (Holiday), do you have to light them before sunset like for Shabbat, or can you light them later in the evening?



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In theory the candles can be lit after sunset or even after nightfall so long as there is a pre-existing flame to light them from. In fact, some people actually have the custom to wait and to light the Yom Tov candles when the husband comes home from synagogue.


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