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The Aruch haShulchan writes (OC 695:8): ומצוה להרבות בנרות לפנות ערב, כדכתיב: "ליהודים היתה אורה" It is a Mitzva to add candles in the evening, as it says: The Jews had light He doesn't source himself and I haven't seen this anywhere else. It would seem he is using the word 'Mitzva' here quite loosely.
Regarding your sidebar about conversion: Decisions about conversion need to be made with the guidance of a competent rabbi who knows you. If you are serious about converting, and you don't already know a rabbi, I implore you to get in touch with a rabbi in your area, or as close to your area as possible. Relationships build over time, but first contact must ...
The Shulchan Aruch (673:2) rules (based on the discussion in the Talmud Shabbat 21a-b) that if a Chanukkah candle goes out after lighting it, even on Friday before Shabbat starts, one need not relight it because the mitzva was already accomplished after lighting. The Taz there (sk 10) recommends relighting it anyway (without a bracha) to 'complete the ...
They say it after the bracha of lights before lighting. see Hagaos Rabbi Akiva Eiger 263:5 who says it has no real source but don't protest women who do it and he quotes the Yaavetz 107 who discusses this. Chacham Ovadia holds that the shehecheyanu is a hefsek and shouldn't be done by lighting.
See Pri Chadash 671:4 that distinguishes between an אבוקה (torch) and a מדורה (bonfire) - Shulchan Aruch 671:4 only invalidates a מדורה and therefore an אבוקה of just two wicks is permitted (see also Magen Avraham S"K 4). For Havdala an אבוקה is enough. [Many poskim argue and do not make this difference thought].
Yes, many poskim. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 142:5, Aruch HaShulchan 695:8, Eliyah Rabah 695:5, etc. For more sources, see the discussion in the Nitai Gavriel on Purim, #70 http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=46446&st=&pgnum=383&hilite=
The Chayei Adam (2:8:23) address your point and encourages men to teach their wives (who were generally in charge of lighting the candles and were largely uneducated) to recite ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לקודש before lighting the Yom Tov candles on Saturday night.
For practical advice you need to consult a rabbi, but here is some general information. Certain prayers/blessings, including the one said after lighting Shabbat candles, contain the phrase "who has commanded us". Gentiles haven't been commanded, so (a) saying it isn't accurate for you, and (b) you might be taking God's name in vain by saying it. (What ...
Note, of course, that the rabbinic interpretation of that "light of the Jews" is in fact Torah study. Hence, no candle-type practice derived from that verse. If I recall correctly one of the later commentaries on Shulchan Aruch -- the Pischei Teshuva maybe? -- mentions a custom of lighting candles for the Purim seudah, as it sets a more festive mood. I ...
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