In a two-day Yom Tov in the diaspora, is it permissible to light two Yom Tov candles on Yom Tov Rishon, one of which is a 24-hour candle, and then, on Yom Tov Sheini, to light two Yom Tov candles for Yom Tov Sheini from that 24-hour candle that was lit for Yom Tov Rishon? Similarly, is it permissible to light Yom Tov candles from someone else's Yom Tov candles on Yom Tov?

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    Welcome to MiYodeya and thanks for this first question. Great to have you learn with us!
    – mbloch
    Apr 4, 2019 at 3:38
  • This is questionable altogether since we have electricity today,but that's a whole other discussion.
    – sam
    Apr 4, 2019 at 17:26

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Although it is prohibited to light a regular candle from the Shabbos/Yom Tov candles, it is permitted to light a נר של מצוה. However, one must be careful to only light directly from the Shabbos/Yom Tov candles to each other; lighting a match or splint to carry over the flame is prohibited (as this doesn't constitute נר של מצוה). (SHU"A)

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    Where in SHU"A does it say this
    – Double AA
    Apr 4, 2019 at 17:09
  • A quick search on Sefaria indicates that the only time the concept of נר של מצוה appears in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim is in 674:2, יש מי שאומר שנר של בית הכנסת ושל שבת ושל חנוכה כולם של מצוה הם ומותר להדליק זה מזה. "There are those who say" that one can light from a Menorah to Shabbos candles or vice versa. If this is indeed what you're referring to, can you infer that everyone agrees for the case at hand?
    – DonielF
    Apr 4, 2019 at 18:14
  • chortkov2, thanks. but would it be permitted to light the 2nd candle from the Shabbos/Yom Tov candle, even though the mitzvah has already been done by lighting the first candle?
    – user18976
    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:18

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