Thursday, December 20, 2007

Beautiful candles


We have been learning about Shabbat candles.

One should make sure to use beautiful Shabbat candlesticks. There are two reasons for this: The general concept of beautifying our mitzvot, and the concept of using these candles to increase the pleasure and honor of Shabbat.

For the same reason, one should use a fuel that burns smoothly and does not produce a bad odor. This is one reason why olive oil is preferred over other oils.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 263:1, 264; Mishneh Berurah 263:1, 264:23)

Have a great day,

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