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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Wax

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In the Old Testament wax is referred to only as a simile for something easily dissolved or evanescent (Psalms 68:3); for compliance and submission (Judges 16:18; Micah 1:4; Psalms 97:5); or for fear and discouragement (Psalms 22:15). In the Talmud mention is made of the use of wax ("sha'awah") for lighting purposes, probably in the form of candles (Shab. 20b; comp. Rashi). At present wax candles are frequently employed on the Feast of ḤANUKKAH in places where olive-oil is not easily obtainable. On the eve of the Day of Atonement and at the anniversary of the death of a relative (JAHRZEIT) it is customary to light in the synagogue large wax candles that will burn at least twenty-four hours. A candle made from braided wax tapers is used also for the HABDALAH ceremony.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Wax'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/w/wax.html. 1901.

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