It is said in the shulchan Aruch that one should buy Shabbat Candles instead of Wine if one didn't have enough money for both of them. However, When we see into the talmud it says in Shabbat 23b that a person must choose Candles because there cannot be shalom without light. But then again, we have electric lights nowadays which can also replace candles in times of need. And if someone was to talk about the spiritual lights from the candle as the Zohar talks about them, i have read that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef says that someone should not posek with regards to Kabbalistic concepts. So then, Should one theoretically choose wine or candles?

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    @DoubleAA I think, or rather hope, this guy is not looking for a practical ruling. Kosher wine can be had for $5 a bottle, and candles for much less. I think he is asking a theoretical question, but made the mistake of asking it in a way you disprefer – SAH May 8 '18 at 18:23
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    @SAH I have no preference other than enforcing site policy as dictated by the community. BTW how often is kosher wine available for $5 a bottle in places that don't have a rabbi? – Double AA May 8 '18 at 18:24
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    Maybe a better starting point is whether electric lights can be used instead of candles in a pinch? – DonielF May 8 '18 at 18:28
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    I don't think anyone with Internet access, even in the 3rd world, loses sleep over 2 candles once a week as a line item in their monthly budget; this is, as @SAH stated, an akwardly worded theoretical question. Please edit and reopen. – Josh K May 8 '18 at 21:15
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    @mbloch i would like theoritical answers. Practical: we can make our own grape juice too – Rh Haokip May 9 '18 at 5:57

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