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If one is lighting Chanukkah candles inside (for whatever reason) relying on the publicization to himself and his family, then what should he do on Friday night if he is eating out? Must he make the candles long enough to see for half an hour when he comes back, or is half an hour after nightfall enough?

(He shouldn't light at the host's house, since lighting where you won't be sleeping doesn't fulfill the obligation.)

In terms of shabbat candles, I was always told to either light at the host or light long enough candles to see when I return. Is this halacha parallel?

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It's interesting that the Mishna B'rura and Beur Halacha discuss similar cases but not this one. I wonder whether eating at another's house on Friday night, but not sleeping there, was uncommon in his day. – msh210 Dec 20 '11 at 1:40
@DoubleAA | Practical answer: If possible, go home after davening, and hang out with the candles for a few minutes before going out to eat. – Shmuel Dec 20 '11 at 2:40
@ShmuelL I asked my LOR this year and he gave your answer. – Avrohom Yitzchok Nov 27 '13 at 21:07
yeshiva.co/midrash/shiur.asp?id=9364 . But really, that parenthetical paragraph should be sourced and you could make it clearer whether or not you want answers that respect that assumption or are willing to take answers that refute it. – Yishai Dec 21 '14 at 5:05
@Yishai I didn't add it... – Double AA Dec 21 '14 at 5:05

Easiest solution:

Give your dinner host a shavah perutah before shabbos to be a shuttaf in his candles. Since you are now a partial owner, you can be yotzei with their lighting of the jointly owned candles. There are similar solutions mentioned by lighting shabbos candles when you won't be/aren't home, though sources currently are eluding me.

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Can you address what the point of lighting not where you sleep is? – Double AA Feb 17 '15 at 2:01
Nice discussion of lighting in shul that may be relevant. The point there was that a person is lighting where his home is in order to engage in pirsumei nisa with his family. No one lives in a shul to fulfill the precept of "ner ish ubeiso," so lighting there literally accomplishes nothing for nobody. See question 9 here - If the choice is between where you sleep and where you eat, you go with where you eat. Here, that is our only option. – Isaac Kotlicky Feb 17 '15 at 3:03

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