Does a vegetable oil that is used to light the Shabbos lamp need a hechsher? I am talking specifically about extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.

  • I'd never have described olives or coconuts as vegetables.
    – Double AA
    Dec 4, 2020 at 14:27
  • @DoubleAA no, but (in the United States) oil from vegetation source, including fruit seeds, vegetable seeds, and other, are called generally "vegetable oil". (See e.g. 40 CFR 112 (1.2.9): "Vegetable oil means a non-petroleum oil or fat of vegetable origin, including but not limited to oils and fats derived from plant seeds, nuts, fruits, and kernels.")
    – msh210
    Dec 6, 2020 at 12:27

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Although shabas oil/candle need not be kosher for eating, it can't be made of orla or anything else that we may not drive benefit from (Beur Halacha 264 "Chutz"). If you have the right to be confident that your oil lacks those things, you're fine. Ask your rabbi for practical guidance.

  • I dont understand why that should only apply to 'shabbos' candles. In the middle of the week it should also apply.
    – interested
    Dec 6, 2020 at 9:57
  • @interested I agree
    – msh210
    Dec 6, 2020 at 12:20

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