Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

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.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.