Wife lighting candles in the hospital

* This article is an excerpt from the above Sefer

Wife lighting candles in the hospital:

How many candles to light:[1] When lighting candles outside of one’s home, such as in the hospital, one is to light only two candles and is not required to light the number of candles that they usually light at home.

If cant light a flame in the hospital:[2] If the hospital in which the wife is staying does not allow her to light candles, then she is to turn on an electric light[3] [or turn it off and then on if already on] by the regular candle lighting time, preferably turning on a bulb with a filament [rather than fluorescent or LED lamps]. Nonetheless, a blessing may not be recited, and while there are some who are lenient[4], Safek Brachos Lihakel, and therefore no blessing is to be said. This certainly applies in Israel where the electricity is generated by Jews, and hence there is no room to be lenient to say a blessing over the electricity.


[1] Nitei Gavriel 66:4

[2] See Levushei Mordechai Telisa 59; Beis Yitzchak Y.D. 1:120; 2:31; Maharshag 2:120; Pekudas Elazar; Kaf Hachaim 673:19; Har Tzevi 2:114; 143; Rav Henkin in Eidus Yisrael p. 122; Mikraeiy Kodesh Chanukah 20; Shearim Hametzuyanim 129:4; Meoreiy Eish p. 95; Tzitz Eliezer 1:20-12; Beir Moshe 6:58-59; Yabia Omer 3:35; Az Nidbaru 3:1; Piskeiy Teshuvos 673:1; Shulchan Menachem 3:272; Piskeiy Teshuvos 263:9 footnotes 93-95; Shevach Habris 6:2; Nitei Gavriel 66:8

[3] Reshimos of Rabbi Label Groner that so directed the Rebbe

[4] See Poskim ibid; See Shevach Habris 6:2 footnote 4 that so ruled Rav Issac Shwei

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