During the special Kiddush/Havdallah recited on a Saturday night Chag, acronym Yakneha"z, we make a bracha on the havdalah candle. Normally the Havdalah candle has to be a "torch" consisting of two or more wicks.

Is two wicks required in the Yakneha"z situation? If so, how does one achieve that given the technical difficulties including the Yom Tov prohibition on extinguishing flame.

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    – Isaac Moses
    May 22, 2015 at 12:26
  • Two wicks is never required for Havdala
    – Double AA
    Feb 12, 2017 at 21:06

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Chabad say

For the havdalah candle we use the standard holiday candles which are on the table. It is not necessary to conjoin two candles.

Halachipedia says similarly:

When Motzei Shabbat is a Yom Tov If motzei shabbat is yom tov, one may use the Yom Tov candles for havdalah. It is preferable not to hold the two candles together.

However one can prepare a miniature havdalah candle by melting (before Shabbos) two or three small chanukah candles together. This can be lit before kiddush/havdalah and will go out shortly after.

  • Some do take two candles, put them together, then separate them and put them back in their holders. Rav Moshe Feinstein allowed this if it was your family custom. Other options: wrap two birthday candles together with foil, and put them in a holder. Make the bracha, light them, and leave them till they burn out. OR, dig up a chanukah floating wick and poke another hole through the cork for a second wick, then put that in a small oil bowl.
    – Shalom
    May 22, 2015 at 12:58
  • Lighting a candle that doesn't actually provide benefit may actually be prohibited.
    – Double AA
    Feb 12, 2017 at 21:06

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