Your Guide to Made-in-Israel Jewish Candles
Candles are a huge part of Judaism, as they are necessary for shabbat and almost every holiday. We begin every shabbat and major holiday by lighting candles and end it with by saying the havdalah prayer over a candle. Over the holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, we light an increasing number of candles each night for eight nights to remember the miracle of Hanukkah. We also remember the souls of our deceased loved ones by lighting yahrzeit or memorial candles. Just like there are different pieces of Judaica for every holiday, there are different candles for each occasion. Discover the spiritual world of Judaism through its use of candles!
We carry dozens of different candle options, all made in the Land of Israel - from elegant shabbat candles to intricate ones for havdalah, to colorful Hanukkah lights and long-lasting memorial candles. Read more below about the various categories of Jewish ritual candles made by Israeli artists, as well as some of our favorites.
For more on the origins and significance of Jewish candlelighting rituals, as well as some key FAQs about today's traditions, see our Why Do Jews Light Candles? blog post.
Shabbat candles are used on Friday nights and on the eve of major Jewish holidays. Most households have a tradition of lighting two identical candles every shabbat - either as a symbol of the two commandments we are given regarding shabbat, to observe and to remember, or to represent the husband and wife of the home, often with additional smaller candles added for each child.
❤︎ We love these gorgeous, tapered red-purple-blue candles, handmade in the Land of Israel and long enough to last your entire shabbat evening.
❤︎ We love this 50-piece set of classic tea lights, perfect for travel, as smaller candles for your children, or simply as a no-hassle shabbat or holiday lighting option.
Havdalah candles are lit at the conclusion of Shabbat and are different from all other candles: instead of one wick, they feature two or more intertwined wicks. They are also usually long and meant to be reused from week to week. They come in a variety of styles: intricately braided candles, colorful pillar or pyramid shapes, and those incorporating sweet-smelling spices, or bisamim, meant to refresh the soul and symbolize a pleasant coming week.
❤︎ We love this rich and vibrant multicolored pillar havdalah candle.
❤︎ We love this hand-braided spice ball candle featuring aromatic spices.
Hanukkah candles are the star of the show every Festival of Lights and have been closely associated with the holiday for generations. Today, Hanukkah candles are sold in sets of 44 - enough to light up the menorah on every night of the holiday - and come in a range of vibrant colors and fun patterns.
Even though the most common method of lighting both Hanukkah menorahs and shabbat lights is candles, the more traditional version, going all the way back to Temple times, is oil. There is a growing trend to go back to this method, especially in Israel, and we carry pre-filled olive oil cups that fit many menorahs and shabbat candlesticks. Oil cups are also often less messy than candles, especially our gelled versions that stay solid and don't spill.
Yahrzeit candles, also known as memorial or yizkor candles, are lit in memory of loved ones who passed away. We remember our deceased family members by lighting a candle on the anniversary of their passing, as well as on certain holidays, particularly Yom Kippur. In addition, many people light memorial candles on Holocaust Memorial Day in memory of the many victims. A Yahrzeit candle usually lasts about 24 hours and is lit at the beginning of the Hebrew day of the anniversary or holiday, which is right after sunset.
Make sure to get all your other lighting essentials: