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Are the Blind responsible to light the Menorah on Chanukah?

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He is chayav (obligated). Therefore if someone else lives in the same home, we have him fulfill his obligation with him by paying him a small amount to partner with him. If he has a wife, she lights for both of them. If not, then he lights with someone helping him (so that he does not hurt himself or start a fire.)

SA OC 675: 3 MA 4

סומא אם יכול להשתתף בפריטי מוטב ואס יש לו אשה אשתו מדלקת עליו ואס אין לו אשה ויש לו בית מיוחד מדליק ע״י סיוע של אחר דסומא חייב בכל המצות

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Rav Aharon Lichtenstein has a broad analysis of this subject. He dealt with the issue personally when his father went blind late in life. Part I - http://vbm-torah.org/archive/halak66/14halak.htm Part II - http://vbm-torah.org/archive/halak66/15halak.htm Part III - http://vbm-torah.org/archive/halak66/16halak.htm

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One of the main reasons we light is for Pirsumei Nisah. It would seem that a blind person also has this obligation.

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