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Purposely waiting until the 18 minutes are up


Is it wrong to intentionally use the 18 minutes before shkiya before you light Shabbos candles? What if it’s already been 16 or 17 minutes and you lit candles and you’re 99% sure it was still before shkiya, are you still okay or did you do something wrong?


This is a common mistake that people made regarding hilchos shabbos, and people think “oh it is still before shkiya so I can do melacha” that is not true. We have a mitzvah d’orayso to add to the shabbos before and after, therefore we may absolutely not do melacha p until shkiya. in fact there are poskim that write that a woman that waited until closer than two minutes before shkiya should not light her candles, but should have a gentile light them for her instead, because by lighting her candles then she is violating a mitzvah d’orayso of tosefes shabbos (adding to the shabbos)!


Igros Moshe O:CH 1-96, Zachor Vshamor  Kabolas Shabbos pg .2, Shvus Yitrzchok 8 pg. 215.

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