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Candles of wax or tallow took the place of lamps used in various Jewish rituals such as the Sabbath lights; in the Havdalah ceremony; and the Hanukkah lights. A synagogue had to be well lit and pious folk used to denote candles for the purpose. Now most synagogues use electric lights, but in some two candles are placed before the Cantor at the reading-desk.

Subjects: Religion.

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