Is there any halachic benefit or hiddur to using an edible fuel for menorah? ( I think those premade menorahs use a olive oil that most people would find disgusting and inedible.)

  • There are stories that Rav Eliyashiv insisted on using edible olive oil. But I have never found a source in Halacha for this. Feb 8, 2016 at 7:59
  • Real olive oil is inedible and disgusting. The fact that it's unhealthy is is why we don't make a Bracha on it.
    – user6591
    Jun 8, 2016 at 2:16

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see ס' תרעג הערה 29 -ספר פסקי תשובות who brings from numerous poskim that any olive oil is mutar lchatchila even if it is not edible.

This implies that edibility is not intrinsically of "halachic benefit" for the oil. This has no bearing on whether individuals chose to adopt a "personal hiddur," such as the stories of Rav Eliyashiv insisting on edible olive oil.

  • What about the oil being potentially edible a hidur?
    – Laser123
    Aug 2, 2017 at 9:50

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