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No, one cannot. Mythbusters determined experimentally that earwax candles are not effective: The skin cells, hair, fatty acids and cholesterol contained in earwax combust quickly and at different rates, which means the icky substance won't stick around long enough to keep the flame on the wick. Given that an earwax candle won't burn, it would not be ...


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Rabbi Cohen of Dose of Halacha writes that it's ok: The Gemara (Rosh Hashana 24a; Menachos 28b) writes that it is assur deoraisa to create a seven-branched candelabrum as the Torah (Shemos 20:20) forbids imitating any of the kelim of the mishkan. The rishonim debate whether this applies to all seven-branched candelabra or just exact replicas of the ...


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Rav Shlomo Aviner at kipa.co.il rejects a connection between the memorial lights in shul and the נר של מתים mentioned in ברכות נג א and the נר יהא דלוק במקומו mentioned by רבי יהודה הנשיא in כתובות קג. Extract of the Hebrew Text below: He says that the Rishonim (= leading rabbis who were deciders of Jewish law and lived between 1050 and 1500) wrote in ...


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Yes you can light shabbat "candles" using battery powered flashlights. Some rule you can even do so using electric lights (although others disagree). Here is one source Hacham Ben Sion, in his work Or Le'sion (vol. 3, p. 189, and vol. 2, 18:13), writes that one does not fulfill the obligation of Shabbat candles with electric lights because the ...



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