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I have heard that there is a custom to use beeswax candles on Hannukah (at least for the shamash). Does this custom have a source? Why beeswax as opposed to other types of wax?
The most ideal way to fulfill the mitzvah is with cotton wicks in olive oil, or beeswax candles;
but I was unable to find a proper source. Can anyone shed light on this custom?
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Dec 14, 2014 at 2:12
The Sefer Nitei Gavriel Perek 20:5:note 12 writes that many people use wax for the shamash.
The sources include the Hagaos Maharil,Minhagei Chabad pg 275 since the name wax in Hebrew has connotations to the Holy Names, and besides for the reason it produces a nice light there are kabbalistic reasons as well ,see Magen Avraham siman 288:3 also mentions the Kavanos HaArizal and many Admorim use it.
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