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What is the history of the braided havdalah candle? Most of the sources I've found speak from an Ashkenazi perspective who usually used candles instead of oil for all lighting purposes. So is it an Ashkenazi tradition?

  • What sources have you found? Did they mention the braided candle? Please edit to clarify. – mevaqesh Nov 1 '17 at 13:37
  • I've seen from R. Mordechai Eliyahu mention en pessant it was to signify "Shamor" and "Zachor" which were "be-dibbur ehad ne'emru", therefore the candles intertwined. Don't think he singles out Ashkenazim or anyone else. – Oliver Nov 1 '17 at 13:49
  • Double-checking R. Eliyahu's resp. (Mamar Mordechai 1:10) I see he inferred this reason from Bach (OC 263, s.v. ומ״ש ויש). – Oliver Nov 1 '17 at 14:09
  • Are you asking about braided specifically, or just generally about using a multi-wicked light source? – Double AA Nov 1 '17 at 15:10
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    You should edit to clarify, not leave important clarifications in comments. If one person was unsure, probably 10 more are also unsure but won't say anything. – Double AA Nov 1 '17 at 16:52

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