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Why do we have the custom of waiting for three stars to appear after the close of the Shabat sunset and other major holidays?

The following answer is revealed through a discussion I had with a friend of mine on Facebook...

She writes:
Can you explain further about the sunset and the 3 stars....


Maregaal:
Yes, the "three stars" is a custom for times after the Shabat and after major holidays. Let me open this up...

If you live in a valley and the sun looks like it set to you -- it may not have in reality. This is because a hill in the East might be higher in elevation than the place you are at. A person on this hill can see further West then you who is in the valley. This man might see that the sun is still up, even though he is further East, not West. However, to you, you might think sunset transpired already.

Seeing three stars tells us that the sunset truly occurred, because stars don't show up unless the light of the sun dims down and goes to the other side of the earth. So this custom is a “better safe than sorry” custom, which is a good custom to have.

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Not a part of our Facebook discussion:
This way we will not accidentally sin by working before the Shabat completely ends.

Maregaal
9/1/2011