15. Even if a Gentile comes on his own volition to perform a forbidden
labor for a Jew on Shabbos, the Jew should protest. Therefore, if a
Gentile wishes, on Shabbos, to remove charred matter from candles belonging
to a Jew so that they burn better, it is necessary for the Jew to protest (1).
(1) The Mishna Berura (307:76) disagrees with this approach, and rules that
in a situation where there is some light without the assistance of the
Gentile, a Jew may even hint to the Gentile that he needs the candle
adjusted, by saying something like "this candle is not burning well" or "I
can't read next to this candle which contains too much charcoal." Although
it would be difficult, since the Jew could have used the dim light of the
candle to read before the Gentile came to assist, using the brighter light
created by the Gentile's action, is not considered benefiting from the work
of a Gentile performed for a Jew on Shabbos (which would otherwise be
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