Honeycomb beeswax candles are easy to make without
many materials or much mess. The wax is pliable, easy
to work with, and doesn’t need melting. You can buy it
in sheets at a craft store, and it’s often available in lots
of different colors. Aside from that, all you need is a
length of wick.
1. Cut the wax sheet (scissors should
work fine for this) to the length you’d
2. Place a length of wick along one edge
of the sheet.
3. Starting with that edge, fold the wax tightly around
the wick and roll it tightly till you reach the other side.
* Press the edge lightly so it adheres to the rest of the
4. Cut off the wick at the bottom, and trim it at the
top—there you have a basic candle.
You will need:
• A length of wick
• Honeycomb beeswax
If you’re inclined
toward a real
Shabbat, you could
try making candles
DIY Shabbat Candles
In the Book of Genesis, the process of creation begins
with God declaring, “Let there be light.” By lighting
candles, we begin Shabbat in the same spirit. As the
flames catch fire, we signal the formal beginning of
Shabbat, marking the separation between the busy
week behind us and the day of rest ahead.
Lighting candles is a major Jewish ritual act—we
kindle light to begin important holidays or to mark
the anniversary of the death of a loved one. Lighting
a candle can be seen as an act of exploration,
illuminating what is unknown or unnoticed. Some
theologians compare the bright light of burning
candles to the metaphorical “light” of knowledge that
comes from reading Torah. And lighting a candle in
the darkness is a powerful symbol of hope.
In biblical times, Shabbat light was kindled by way of
oil lamps. But since the light itself is more important
than the object that is lit, today we typically use