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Doing Havdolah with no flame or spices

You are essentially correct. There is a blessing to be said when you see fire on Saturday night. It is essentially entirely independent of Havdalah. If you're making Havdalah anyway (99% of cases) ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time for Shabbat candles to stay lit?

Mishna Brurah 263 s.k. 40 writes that the candles must remain lit at least until the meal has begun so that he derives benefit from them during his meal, otherwise the blessing on the candles is ...
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

The practice of lighting shabbat candles is a rabbinic requirement (see, e.g. Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbat 25b; Rambam Laws of Shabbat 5:1), to honor the Shabbat and create a pleasant and ...
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Why can't we light Channukah Candles in the Day

The Tur (OC 672) says that lighting during the day doesn't work because (alluding to Chulin 60b) שרגא בטיהרא מאי אהני – "a candle in the daytime, what does it accomplish?" In other words, flames aren'...
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Why is the blessing over the candles said after lighting the candles?

In general, a blessing is recited prior to the performance of a mitzvah. However, the blessing over shabbat candles is an exception. While there is some debate over the matter, common custom is to ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

I know this is essentially a repeat of the other answers, but this is a matter of life and death, chalilah! The floating wicks you are using are designed for OIL - not paraffin. To quote the Amazon ...
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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

I agree with DanF's answer above. This has nothing to do with yahrzeit candles. If someone has a yahrzeit they should light a 24 hour candle to help remind him to think about the special qualities of ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time for Shabbat candles to stay lit?

There are a number of similar sounding questions to the one you posed which can be confusing, so while Alex's answer is indeed correct, it's helpful to understand the different issues so you can ...
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Cherem ceremony: candles?

Both the Bet Yosef Y"D 228:39 and the Mahrshdam Y"D 97 mention that a Cherem is more severe when done with extinguishing candles - and is harder to undo. וכן מצאתי בשיטת הר"י ן' מיניר ...
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If a lady missed the time to light the Shabbat candles, what should she do?

If it is within the 18 minutes before sundown, she can light. (Not sure if this is true for the entire 18 minutes, since tosfos Shabbos is required both at the beginning and the end of Shabbos; I ...
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Interpretation of Numbers 11.5 in Midrash Rabba

I cannot find this in the Vilna edition of Numbers Rabba. As noted by @Rish, it is mentioned by Hida who says that he heard this was a teaching of Hazal,[i] in his Homat Anakh (Parashat B'ha'alot'kha: ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time for Shabbat candles to stay lit?

In a responsum (Shu"t Ohr Yitzchak 2:108) R. Yitzchak Abadi writes as follows: ומה שיש מדקדקים להדליק נרות ולהשתמש לאורם מיד או לאחר קצת זמן כדי שלא תהא ברכתם לבטלה הם טועים בדין דהנה מצות ...
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Does one's wife have to observe "early" Shabbat if her husband does?

From Rabbi Kaganoff's site: Early hubby Rav Moshe Feinstein rules that the fact that a husband was mekabeil Shabbos does not require his wife to do so, just as his making a personal vow or ...
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Seeking tips for removing wax from candle sticks, yahrzeit glasses

The easiest way that my wife and I have found is to slowly pour warm water onto the candlesticks or you can use a hot damp towel and rub it over the wax. It will loosen up the wax enough so that you ...
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For how long has the Bracha on nerot Shabbat been around?

Hagahos Maimonios to Shabbos 5:1 quotes the Yerushalmi in two places as giving the text of the berachah, although neither of those appears in our editions of the Yerushalmi. Tosafos to Shabbos 25b ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles

The Mishnah Berurah 154:56 writes that one should not use a ner from the bais kenesses to light a tobacco pipe, but one may use a yartzeit candle to do so. The Piskei Teshuvos 514 brings this source ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

Shabbat candle lighting, unfortunately, is fraught with danger, especially when you have toddlers and babies in the house. Generally, the smaller / shorter you can keep the flame and the shorter the ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 675:1) rules that since the mitzvah is to light the menorah, if it is still lit, it must be extinguished and then relit.
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Is a non-Jew permitted to light the Chanukah Candles

From dinonline.org Can a goy light the Chanukah candles? Answer: A non-Jew cannot light the Chanukah candles (on behalf of a Jew), because he is not obligated in performing the mitzvah. ...
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Candle Lighting

The Rema (OCH 263.5, Darkei Moshe) based on the Mordechai (Shabbos §294), writes that one should make the blessing before looking at the candles, in order to fulfil the obligation to bless before the ...
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Seeking tips for removing wax from candle sticks, yahrzeit glasses

This question is more of a Lifehacks Stack Exchange question, but I will give you some of my advice on how to deal with glass votive containers such as the ones that are used for Yahrtzeit candles. ...
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When did the custom of silver candlesticks for Shabbat start?

You asked: Is this true that it is good to respect the mitzvah of Shabbat candles and do it on silver candlesticks? The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן קלט - הלכות חנכה writes, regarding the Menora ...
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Calculating shabbat candle lighting time

I believe the common custom is indeed calculated based on latitude and longitude alone. However, this is certainly not a unanimous assumption, considering that in addition to latitude and longitude, ...
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Judenstern (Jeckische Shabbat lamp)

I have one original for sale. Can be contacted at +1-650-417-8552
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For those who say the b'racha before lighting Yom Tov candles, when do they say shehechiyanu?

R Moshe Shternbuch (Moadim uZmannim 7:117) says that while the best thing is to say Shehechiyanu at Kiddush like everyone else, a woman who on Yom Tov will say Shehechiyanu at candle lighting and says ...
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Why can't we light Channukah Candles in the Day

I would say that since this commemorates the miracle of lighting the menorah in the Temple (as explained in many locations) we have to light in the same way that the menorah was lit in the temple. ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

artscroll comments on Proverbs/Mishlei (20:27) נֵ֣ר יְ֭הוָה נִשְׁמַ֣ת אָדָ֑ם חֹ֝פֵ֗שׂ כָּל־חַדְרֵי־בָֽטֶן׃ A man's soul is the lamp of Hashem which searches the chambers of one's innards and ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

the Arizal reportedly was able to tell things from looking at the flame of a candle as Rav Chaim Vital says in the Introduction to Shaar HaHakdamot He knew the mysteries of gilgul [reincarnation], ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

It is not a Passover custom. You are speaking of the normal Shabbat and Yom Tov candelabra. There is a custom cited by Mishnah Berurah 263:6 to light seven or ten candles. This could be a reason why ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

While the answerers who preceded me are correct that this seems no different from the regular candelabrum for any other holiday or Shabas, I'll note that Shulchan Aruch (472:2) says: He should set ...
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