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Why do havdalah candles have multiple wicks?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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The blessing we recite on the candle is addressed to “He who creates the illuminations of fire.”

We, therefore, light multiple sources of illumination – i.e. a torch-like candle which contains at least two wicks.

[If one does not have a specially manufactured Havdalah candle, any two flames can be joined for the purposes of this blessing.]

Click here to learn why the blessing is recited in plural form, necessitating a multiple wick.


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Prayer signifying the end of the Sabbath or Jewish holiday. This "separation" prayer is recited after nightfall over a cup of wine.