Lighting Candles from Oil

  1. Since it is permitted to benefit from Shabbos candles, it
    is permitted to use oil that has kedushas Shvi’is to light Shabbos candles.

  2. Opinions are divided on the matter of lighting the Ner
    Tomid and the Ner Neshamah in the synagogue. Some say that it is forbidden
    since it is not done for the sake of any material benefit, while others say
    that we benefit from the light they give off, and that is benefit enough to
    allow using oil that has kedushas Shvi’is.

  3. It is forbidden to use oil that has kedushas Shvi’is for
    the fire on Lag B’omer since it does not provide any material benefit.

  4. Is it permitted to light Chanukah candles form oil that has
    kedushas Shvi’is? Opinions are divided. Some hold that it is forbidden
    because, since we are forbidden from benefiting from the Chanukah candles, it
    is as though we are destroying the oil when we burn it. Others hold that using
    the oil to light the candles represents, itself, a making use of the oil that
    is permitted.

  5. According to those who forbid using oil that has kedushas
    Shvi’is for the Chanukah candles, it seems clear that it would also be
    forbidden to use the oil to light the additional candles we light every night
    in order to fulfil the mitzvah in the best, most mehudar, way, since it
    is forbidden to benefit from these lights as well. They would also forbid
    using oil that has kedushas Shvi’is for lighting the Chanukah candles in the
    synagogue, since it is also forbidden to benefit from their light. And
    similarly, it would be forbidden to use oil that has kedushas Shvi’is for
    the Chanukah candles that are lit by minors for the sake of educating them to
    the mitzvah, since it is forbidden to benefit from them as well because they
    have been dedicated to the mitzvah of educating a child to mitzvos.