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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

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Topics: Menorah, Chanukah
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December 19, 2014
Re: Electric Menorah
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.
Shaul Wolf
Chabad.org, NEW YORK
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December 18, 2014
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Why do you light the newest candle first?
Anonymous
las vegas, nv
December 18, 2014
Hanukkah
Thank you so much for that beautiful presentation. Is it acceptable to use an electric menorah?
Merrill Schwartz
Boca Raton, Florida
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December 17, 2014
Re Closed Captions
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
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
December 17, 2014
Thank you, made it easy to do it yourself.
Linda Theresa
New Jersey
December 17, 2014
Closed Caption for all the Jews that are Deaf
Is it possible to consider Closed Caption for all the deaf Jews. I believe that the intention is to not exclude anyone.
Murray Kaufman
Thornhill
December 16, 2014
Chanukah Candle Lighting
Really well put. Simple. Thank you!
Andrew Ocean
Jacksonville, FL
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).
Malkie Janowski
Chabad.org
December 6, 2014
DIY Chanukah Menorah
I plan to light the Menorah lights for the eight days of Chanukah. The videos were very clear and useful, but I have one question: since I will be using oil, how much oil should I use for each day, and how long should it be able to shine? If I were using candles, they should shine for at least 30 minutes after sunset, but what about the oil - should it last at least 30 minutes, also? If so, how much oil is that? Thank you.
Anonymous
Virginia
January 22, 2014
Thank-you!
Informative and friendly. Enjoyed watching the video.
Anonymous
Fort Worth
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