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What can I use as a pre-existing flame on a holiday?


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Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

candlelight: If I need to have a pre-existing flame to light candles for the second day of yontif [Ed. holiday], is it ok to use a yahrtzeit candle? I have never lit one before.

Rabbi Eliezer G: yes - that is ok

candlelight: It feels like it would be a bad omen to light a yahrzeit candle with my parents, thank G-d, alive. Is there an alternative?

Rabbi Eliezer G: if you ahve a gas stove you can light that

Rabbi Eliezer G: certainly if there is a pilot you can use that

candlelight: I think the stove has an electric starter.

Rabbi Eliezer G: then light ayhartzeit candle

Rabbi Eliezer G: and dont worry

Rabbi Eliezer G: it is commonly lit for this purpose

Rabbi Eliezer G: and does not carry any connnoration under the circunmstances

candlelight: OK, thank you. Have a happy and healthy new year

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