What kind of candles can be used for Shabbat?
A very well known part of the prayer in our Kabbalat Shabbat, discusses the law around which candles can be used for shabbar - Ba'me Madlikin? The long essay mentions various types of fuels and wicks which can and cannot be used for shabbat.
Several Chachamim are quoted as explaining why this type of candle can be used while another type is invalid.
Lucky for us, these days, all manufactured candles can be used, since their flame is clean and stable.
Surprisingly, even if the candle is made of ingredients which aren't kosher as food, they are allowed to be used in shabbat candles!
Here at Shalom House, we have a soft spot for that lovely sight of shabbat candles lighting in their decorative holders, so we invite you to take a few minutes of relaxation in deep intent each week, along with your family, next to your set of shabbat candles.