From The Rav’s Desk: When to light if will return home late

  1. Question: [Tuesday, 29th Kisleiv 5781]

Our family is going to relatives overnight and returning the next evening. We will be arriving past midnight back home and was wondering where we should light the candles, by our relatives before we travel or at home after we arrive?


This matter is debated amongst today’s Poskim. In my opinion, it is better for you to light after returning home. You may light with a blessing up until Alos Hashachar so long as there is another family member awake and present together with you for the lighting.

Sources: See M”A 677:7; Taz 677:2; Kneses Hagedola 677; Bach 677; Elya Raba 677:3; M”B 677:12; Kaf Hachaim 677: 17, 21; Minchas Yitzchak 7:48; Chovas Hadar 2 footnote 65; Piskeiy Teshuvos 677:4 footnote 25 and 29-30; Bach 677; Kinyan Torah 5:72; Koveitz Darcheiy Horah; See Shevet Halevi 8:158; See Peri Chadash 677; Biur Halacha 677:1 “Bemikom Sheochel”; Az Nidvaru 7:69

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