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Simple-to-follow instructions on how to do the mitzvah of lighting the menorah on Chanukah.

Do-It-Yourself Chanukah

Do-It-Yourself Chanukah

How to light the Chanukah menorah

Topics: Menorah, Chanukah
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Rabbi Shmary Brownstein For December 29, 2016

Yes, you can use anything to light your candles or oil lights on. They do not have to be attached to each other. They should, however, be in a straight line (not randomly placed, a semi-circle or the like), so that it is obvious that these lights all belong to one Chanukah lighting. Reply

Lillian Eleanor South Africa Free State Bloemfontein December 26, 2016

I don't have a menora can I used old coldrink bottles Reply

Rochel Chein for December 16, 2015

One who did not light the Menorah one night for any reason should continue lighting the next night. The number of candles should correspond to the night that they are being lit. Reply

David clovis December 7, 2015

What happens if you forget to light the candle one night Reply

Sarah Conil de la Frontera, Spain December 7, 2015

Thank you for this really clear and informative video. I've seen menorahs in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Now I know to stick to the traditional one.

I don't know of anyone with a Jewish background in my area in Spain so I'll be looking out for menorah lights in other windows too! Reply

Patricia Lodge mashpee December 6, 2015

When I first began lighting a Menorah, It was for those who were forbidden too celebrate this Holiday. I love the Jewish people though I was not born Jewish. Am I wrong to do this. How do Jewish people feel about this? Reply

Carol Canton Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA December 6, 2015

That was a beautiful presentation on Lighting the Chanukah Menorah. The presenter exuded such a sense of peace that is not found often these days.
Happy Chanukah to all at Chabad! Reply

Roberta New York December 6, 2015

It is so nice to see the video but I am deaf and vision.I would like to understand what he talks No closed caption I do not understand and miss the story. Thank you for your helping Reply

Emese Oseni Scarborough December 5, 2015

Beautiful presentation. Toda Rabah! Reply

Susan Vincent-Friedman Cape Coral, FL via October 25, 2015

Thank you so much for this valuable information, after all these years I was lighting the candles wrong! Oops! Reply

Anonymous United Kingdom June 12, 2015

Harry Edward Styles are you Jewish?" Please reply Reply

Sharon Smith January 18, 2015

Where can I purchase this Menorah? Reply

Shaul Wolf, NEW YORK via December 19, 2014

Ideally, a menorah should be with real fire and not electric. There are a number of reason given for this. Firstly, the menorah in the Temple had real fire, and therefore a real menorah is more similar to the Temple menorah. Secondly, there is a rule that the menorah must contain within it enough oil to last a half hour. When using an electric menorah, there is no energy "stored" within it, rather it is constantly receiving energy from the power source.
If it is impossible to light a real menorah, there are various authorities that permit lighting with an electric menorah. A Rabbi should be consulted and will advise how to go about doing so. Reply

Anonymous las vegas, nv December 18, 2014

Why do you light the newest candle first? Reply

Merrill Schwartz Boca Raton, Florida via December 18, 2014

Thank you so much for that beautiful presentation. Is it acceptable to use an electric menorah? Reply Staff December 17, 2014

We hope to do that in the future. In the meantime, have you checked out the videos we feature in ASL? You can find them at this link Reply

Linda Theresa New Jersey December 17, 2014

Thank you, made it easy to do it yourself. Reply

Murray Kaufman Thornhill December 17, 2014

Is it possible to consider Closed Caption for all the deaf Jews. I believe that the intention is to not exclude anyone. Reply

Andrew Ocean Jacksonville, FL December 16, 2014

Really well put. Simple. Thank you! Reply

Malkie Janowski December 8, 2014

Yes, oil does need to burn for an half hour just as candles do. I can't give you an exact amount of oil you need as it depends on the type and quality of oil, as well as the wick, but it's quite a small amount (less than half an ounce). Reply