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The Mishna B'rura (672:6, citing Magein Avraham 672:3) writes: If he put a lot of oil so that the flame will last longer, there is no mitzva in this. But with wax candles, there is a beautification of the mitzva when they are long. Nevertheless, one should not make them inordinately long. The distinction between oil and wax is based on the Magein ...


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At the back of Yabia Omer Vol 10 OC (Siman 55), he has notes on Rav Poalim. There, in section 37 he writes as follows: ח"ב חאו"ח סימן סב. נשאל הרהמ"ח על מ"ש הרמ"א (סי' תרו ס"א) שאם ביקש מחילה מחבירו כדת, ולא רצה למחול לו, יאמר אח"כ בפני עשרה שביקש ממנו מחילה. האם מועיל לומר כן אפילו בפני עשר נשים. והשיב, דלכתחלה יאמר במעמד עדה שהם ...


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The Shulchan Aruch does say "בשוגג" (inadvertently) as you pointed out. Not eve discussing doing it on purpose. Here (though unsourced) it says you would need to relight, without a bracha (near the end) Rav Dov Lior explains (part b) the relevant Talmud (Shabbat 21b) and states (end of first paragraph) that one would not need to relight if it went out, but ...


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This is going to be unsourced untill I get around to it. In modern societies where people are walking the streets till eleven o'clock or so, the time period of 'ad shetichla regel min hashuk' is extended. This idea is mentioned by a few poskim both as a leniency to allow one to make a bracha when lighting later in the night and there is no-one else home. ...


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Orach Chaim 673:1 permits all types of wax. I think the reason some use beeswax as opposed to paraffin is due to the nicer light, less dripping, longer lasting, better quality of beeswax candles. http://www.hiveandhoneyapiary.com/beeswaxvsparaffin.html


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The Sefer Nitei Gavriel Perek 20:5:note 12 writes that many people use wax for the shamash. The sources include the Hagaos Maharil,Minhagei Chabad pg 275 since the name wax in Hebrew has connotations to the Holy Names, and besides for the reason it produces a nice light there are kabbalistic reasons as well ,see Magen Avraham siman 288:3 also mentions the ...


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Meseches Sofrim 20 seems to imply as much. One may not light an old lamp; one who only has an old lamp may whiten it well in fire, and that is permitted. cf this lecture (around the 22 min mark)


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This is not a complete answer but just my impression. I am assuming that the underlying concern is one of mitzvah haba b'aveira, a mitzvah whose performance comes about through the commission of a sin. In the case of Channukah candles, there is no requirement to use ANY menorah http://www.dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=2789 so if I can be mekayem ...


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In "Chanukah with Torah Tidbits," an overview of Chanukah practices by Phil Chernofsky of the OU Israel Center, it says: Some have the custom of preparing the Chanukiya in the morning for the evening (this goes for every day, except Shabbat, of course). This not only serves the practical purpose of being ready to light on time without delaying to set up ...


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Nitei Gavriel Chanuka 23:15 says that there are those that put in the wicks and oil in the evening when the proper time for lighting has arrived. (Rabbi Aaron M'Karlin, Kamarna, Kaliver Rabbi). This would indicate to me that there is no problem to prepare earlier if one wants, although it is preferable to do it immediately prior to lighting. As per my ...



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