So what I ask every single year – yes, I really am that tedious – is why the earliest Shabbos does not coincide at all with the solstice – the shortest DAY of the year. It always seems to come earlier, despite the fact that one would think candlelighting time is somewhat intimately married to day length. No?
Seriously – please leave your best guess in the Comments section, because I am totally stumped.
Of course, anytime I’m feeling sorry for myself, I look at candlelighting times for Yerushalayim… where today it happens at 3:56 pm. That’s because they light 40-minutes before Shkiah (as I understand it, the moment the sun drops over the horizon), whereas outside of Yerushalayim, most people light 18 minutes before.
Still, I guess that’s the trade-off for a holy Shabbos experience like no other.
But again, any clues about the daylength and candlelighting thing, please leave them below!!!