Where do you buy candles for Friday nights? I got a large box of Rokeach from my fiance's parent's basement, as they don't really observe anymore. They were white and slightly translucent, and they burned wonderfully. We finally ran out, and I started looking for others.
Rokeach has changed so now they are solid white and almost chalky, not translucent, and sometimes have multiple wicks, just like Manischewitz ones that we have now. They burn terribly. They burn at different speeds, the flames are sometimes high enough that I'm worried they'll catch something on fire, they are crazy hard to clean off of any surface, candlesticks included, and they don't last the required time. Sometimes they go out half-burnt, even. We've resorted to wrapping them in candlesticks made from aluminum foil so they don't screw up the candlesticks again.
Do I just have to put up with terrible candles? Where do you get yours?
I just purchased a box of L'Ner shabbat candles from Amazon. I just received them yesterday. We haven't tried them yet. In the past we used Rokeach that I purchased from the grocery store. I couldn't find them this time, so I ordered from Amazon. I will let you know how these work out.
Why on earth wouldn't they 'work out', shira? They are CANDLES. Wax on a string. There isn't a lot of complexity involved in candles - it is NICE to buy pretty ones (hiddur mitzvah, after all). If you want to make your own (a nice project for Passover or even for Chanukah, if you are up for making 72 of them) you can buy beeswax sheets and wicks and roll them up. Making them by dipping is a little more complicated because you need a deep heavy pot, and plenty of time - and a pot you don't mind getting covered with wax, too! But any candles will do. If you want 'Shabbos candles' you can pay extra and get them - those are designed to be more or less 'dripless' and burn for four hours or so. They are - really - exactly the same as 'emergency' or 'camp' candles: about four inches long, white, dripless (sort of) kitchen candles.
Oh - most synagogues have gift shops, and will have Shabbat candles, Havdalah candles etc in stock or they can order them for you. That might be your go-to solution, since purchases there also help support the synagogue.
I read all the reviews at Amazon describing these candles. Some people said the candles were fantastic and other people said they were junk and stopped burning or dripped all over the place or whatever. I like reading reviews at Amazon, but they are usually all over the place. Best to just see what MOST people are saying. I buy too much stuff at Amazon but it is so handy. Things you couldn't find otherwise, and there it is at Amazon!
It's amazing what you can get from - or through (from third party sellers) the amazon website. I get all my kosher for passover matzo there (after years of unsuccessfully explaining to local grocery managers that yes, you have matzo on the shelves, but I need DIFFERENT matzo - for a week).
For Shabbat, we use the "Neronim" type candles that you burn in glass cups: Neronim candles You can use the cups in most candle sticks that take a full-size candle. The wax completely liquifies and burns down to nothing more than a little metal washer---no drips, no mess, and very safe. Important usage note: You must remove the metal washer before putting new candles in and the candles must be put in straight and not leaning. Otherwise, the flame will heat the side of the glass cup which can cause it to crack. Incidentally, we buy the larger "6-hour" neronim candles which my husband prefers because then they last until late at night even in winter. We can buy them at our local rabbinically supervised supermarket.
For Havdalah, we like to use braided beeswax candles: braided beeswax candles We also use disposable havdalah candles holders: disposable candle holder One warning on the use of larger multi-wicked candles: they make a lot of smoke when they burn. We have noticeable smudge mark (about a foot in diameter) on the ceiling of our dining room above the location where we light the havdalah candle at the end of each Shabbat. I'm thinking that when we paint over the ceiling, we may switch to burning the havdalah candle under the range hood in the kitchen with the fan turned on.
The Shabbat after I posted this, we lit the candles and put them on the little strip of thin plastic cutting board that we always do so wax doesn't get everywhere. I still don't understand what happened, but the candles liquified the plastic and started trying to burn the window frame instead. This is the only time I have ever blown out shabbat candles, and I'm refusing to light the last two. So, for last Shabbat, we just did hamotzi and kiddush, because demon candles.
Post by jewishconservative on May 26, 2016 6:37:43 GMT -5
I am all about the olive oil, the most mhadrin, or beautiful way to honor the mitzvah. But the other ways work as well. The real question is how many Shabbat candles to light. Some people do the two for shamor vzachor, guarding and remembering. Other people do more for the number of children they have and so forth.