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Is any candle kosher for Shabbat candle-lighting?

Is any candle kosher for Shabbat candle-lighting?

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Jewish law discusses different kinds of fuels and wicks which are invalid for use on the Shabbat, because the flame that they produce is jumpy and unstable. Therefore, there is the concern that perhaps one will try to adjust the flame to stabilize it - and this is forbidden on Shabbat.

All candles which are manufactured today emit a clean, stable flame, and are therefore kosher for Shabbat candles, even if they contain non-kosher (for eating) ingredients.

Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Chaya Mushka, and their three children.
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October 7, 2016
24hr
Is a 24hr candle also allowed?
Anonymous
September 7, 2016
To Mendy
Yes, an electric light may be used when a real candle is not an option.
Eliezer Zalmanov
for Chabad.org
September 6, 2016
what if someone can"t light a real candle, e.g. in prison or hospital, can they use electric?
Mendy
Brooklyn
September 12, 2014
May I vary the oils from week to week that I use for lighting Shabbos Licht? I heard that if one uses olive oil, there is a question whether you may afterwards go back to using other oils.
Anonymous
Florida
November 8, 2013
Shabbat candles
Do you burn the candle all the way down or do you ever blow it out and use it for next shabbat
Mike Cole
El Dorado Springs MO
July 4, 2013
Re: beeswax candles
All candles and oils are kosher for use as Shabbat candles, as long as they burn cleanly. The candles can be colored, and any shape. Scented candles are fine (but not preferred), as long as they were not specifically intended for use by another religion. The candles should be large enough to burn until after nightfall; ideally, they should burn until after the Friday night meal has concluded.
Rochel Chein for chabad.org
June 29, 2013
Beeswax candles
Is it okay that I make (roll) my own candles from beeswax sheets that have been colored with dye? The wick I use produces a steady flame.
Stevie
Scottsdale
February 10, 2013
To Yaron
That is indeed Rabbi Tarfon's opinion. But his is the minority opinion which is not the final Halachic ruling.
Eliezer Zalmanov
for Chabad.org
February 7, 2013
Is it not initially correct to light wicked olive oil according to Rabbi Tarfon?
Yaron
North
December 21, 2012
Candlesticks
Thank you.
Mandy Steinbrenner