Monday, December 10, 2018

What to do With Leftover Oil

What to do With Leftover Oil

Day: Monday
Date: December 10, 2018
Parshat: Vayigash
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 677

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Oil that was used to light Hanukkah candles and is now left over is still considered to be set aside for a mitzvah even though the time for the mitzvah is over. It is therefore forbidden to use that oil for any personal benefit or enjoyment such as lighting a candle for its light or using the oil to cook with. Instead it should be gathered and burnt on its own. However, this is only true with regards to the oil that was actually used for the mitzvah. Extra oil that was put in the cups to make the lights last longer than the required half hour or remaining oil in a bottle that was purchased to be used in the hanukkiah is not considered to be set aside for a mitzvah and therefore may be subsequently used for any purpose. If when putting the oil in the cups one stipulated that he wants to be able to use the leftover oil he may do so and does not need to burn it.

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