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Laws of Chanukah #10

The lights of the Menorah must burn for at least a half hour after nightfall. This is especially important to keep in mind on Friday afternoon when one lights the candles before candle lighting. Thus for example, in Baltimore this Friday, Shabbos candle lighting time is 4:26 PM and nightfall is 5:28 PM, so one’s more »

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Laws of Chanukkah #9

The latest time to light the Menorah is at dawn. One may say a Bracha when lighting as long as it not yet  dawn. If one missed a night of lighting, one can light the next night with a Bracha.

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Laws of Chanukkah #8

The appropriate time to light the Menorah is a matter of dispute. Some state that is should be lit at sunset, others argue that it should be lit at nightfall, and others suggest that a compromise be made and the candles should be lit in between, approximately 25 minutes after sunset. The prevalent custom outside more »

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Laws of Chanukah #7

If one is traveling on Chanukkah but some members of the family stay at home, one technically fulfills their obligation by having those at home light. The widespread custom is that even in such a scenario one lights wherever they are staying. However, one must light before the members of one’s home are lighting. If more »

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Laws of Chanukah #4

One should light by their window even if they live in a high rise apartment. The assumption is that people from the street or people in other tall buildings will see the Menorah. When staying at a hotel on Chanukkah one’s lighting options become limited. To light at the window would be pointless because [most] more »

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Laws of Chanukah #4

The prevalent custom outside of Israel is to light the Menorah indoors. The Menorah should be lit by the window that can be seen by the most people possible (this is not always the most convenient window). When lighting at one’s window one should light on the right side of the window (right side from more »

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Laws of Chanukkah #3

If one is using oil there is an argument about using previously used wicks. Some prefer to use new wicks every night as it is more respectful while others maintain that a used wick actually burns better and is therefore preferable. Used wicks should not be disposed of in the regular fashion that one disposes more »

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Laws of Chanukah #2

Whereas one can use electric lights for Shabbos candles, one may not use electric lights for Chanukah lights. One may use candles but it is preferable to use oil as the Menorah in the Bais Hamikdash had oil.

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Laws of Chanukah #1

The Menorah that is used on Chanukkah should have branches that are of equal height and they should be arranged in a straight row. Like all mitzvos, there is significance in making the mitzvah beautiful. One should therefore endeavor to have a beautiful Menorah. If no Menorah is available one can still fulfill the mitzvah more »

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Laws of Shabbos #130

While creams and bars of soap may not be used, liquid soap may be used on Shabbos. The criteria to be called a liquid is if the soap moves quickly when the bottle is turned. For example, using Purel is permitted on Shabbos.

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