Generally it seems to be perferable (mehudar) to use an oil based candle for mitzvot. Why doesn't anyone use an oil based candle for havdalah?


Mishna Berura 298:5 and Beer Hataiv 298:2 mention in the name of the Sefer HaKavonos and the Magen Avraham in the name of the Kavanos HaArizal that it is preferable to use a beeswax candle for Havdala.

As you can see in the Halacha the candle is supposed to be an Avuka - which is more than one wick. This also makes it more practical to use a candle over oil.

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  • +1 Why beeswax specifically? – Double AA Oct 18 '12 at 18:15
  • It does not say the reason. So I would venture to say that it is "Al Pi Kabala". – Gershon Gold Oct 18 '12 at 18:17
  • I don't see any mention of beeswax specifically in those sources. – Double AA Oct 9 '13 at 15:25

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