Oil, Wicks, & Chanukah
“With what can we light, and with what can we not light?” The second chapter of the Mishna in Shabbos opens with this question, going on to discuss which types of wicks and oils that are or are not acceptable for use at the start of Shabbos. Why does it matter? Join Mrs. Sarah Rudolph and examine several obligatory candle lightings (including Chanukah), to discover how halachic technicalities reflect the heart of each flame.
Sarah Rudolph is Director of TorahTutors.org. She is a freelance Jewish educator, writer, and editor and has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah’s essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, OU Life, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. She is Editor-At-Large, Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world.