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If half an hour has passed since you lit the candles (assuming you didn't light early) then you no longer need a Shamash. You can even extinguish the candles at that point. This is explicit in the Shulchan Aruch סימן תרעב - זמן הדלקת נר חנכה הִלְכָּךְ צָרִיךְ לִתֵּן בָּהּ שֶׁמֶן כְּזֶה הַשִּׁעוּר, וְאִם נָתַן בָּהּ יוֹתֵר יָכוֹל לְכַבּוֹתָהּ לְאַחַר ...


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No, one cannot. Mythbusters determined experimentally that earwax candles are not effective: The skin cells, hair, fatty acids and cholesterol contained in earwax combust quickly and at different rates, which means the icky substance won't stick around long enough to keep the flame on the wick. Given that an earwax candle won't burn, it would not be ...


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We purposely don't light a seven light Menorah because we aren't supposed to replicate the holy vessels for our own use. The fact that we light for eight days shows the miracle of it lasting eight days. Nothing is to be gained by lighting eight candles. Therefore, the original Mitzvah is to light one candle each of the eight days. This means one candle per ...


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R' Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach indicated that it would be acceptable to rely upon an alarm for eating if the alarm is functional, although it should not be relied upon to wake oneself from sleep (Halichos Sh'lomo, T'filla 2:12). R' Bentzion Abba Sha'ul also indicated it would be acceptable to rely upon an alarm clock for eating, provided that the person ...


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Here is one place were the Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke about the connection between the Hakhel year and public Chanukah gatherings. (Toras Menachem Hisvaduyos 5748 v2 pg 157-158): וזהו החידוש המיוחד בכינוס דימי חנוכה בשנה זו - שנת הקהל: "כינוס" - הו״ע של "הקהל", ובפרט כשמשתתפים בו אנשים ונשים וטף - "הקהל את העם האנשים והנשים והטף". ותוכנו של הכינוס - ...


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Shulchan Aruch 677:4 ד "יז" הנותר ביום השמיני "יח" מן השמן הצריך לשיעור הדלקה עושה לו מדורה "יט" ושרפו בפני עצמו שהרי הוקצה למצותו ואם נתערב בשמן אחר ואין ששים לבטלו יש מי שאמר "כ" שאין להוסיף עליו כדי לבטלו 4: [17] Any oil left over on the eighth day that was needed for the shiur of lighting was be made into a "bonfire" [19] and burnt by ...


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The Aruch HaShulcahn in סימן תרעא - דיני הדלקת נרות חנוכה והנחתן writes that it's obvious that one measures [the 3 tefachim] from the flame and not from the Chanukiya : ופשוט הוא דאם הפמוט גבוה – דחשבינן ממקום הנרות, ולא מראש הפמוט.‏ The קיצור ש''ע ילקוט יוסף (ibid) concurs: ויש להניחם למעלה מג' טפחים, ואם השלהבת של נר השעוה שהודלק למצות החנוכה ...


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Any design which has all lamps at the same height and clearly separated from each other, and ideally in a straight line will work fine. For a visual representation of the typical Oil Hanukiah this google image result is a good indication of a streotypical Hanukiah For example at Chabad.org they say: There are not very many requirements for a kosher ...


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Various Halachic issues are at play here, in theory. Laws of Chanukah: You shouldn't both light in the same Menora (or Chanukiya as it's usually referred to) at the same time, unless it's very clear what night it is. (Maybe first 2 nights, no way on the 4th night.) There's no need for the Menora to belong to the person lighting. Most of the time the Mitzva ...


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Nitei Gavriel Chanuka 40:1 says this is done for Pirsumei Nisah - announcing of the miracle. He mentions that we light between Mincha & Maariv based on Orach Chaim 671:7, Kolbo 67, Manhig 148 and it is done for those that are not familiar or careful to do the Mitzva. Regarding lighting the Menora by Shacharis 40:18:25 mentions in the name of the ...


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The halacha is its better to use olive oil (see רמ''א שו''ע או''ח ס' תרעג) because menorah is a zecher for bais hamikdash. in the bais hamikdash they used only the first drop because it was the highest quality and best tasting. It would than be sensible to conclude that for the same reason we should use the best quality/tasting oil. see לבוש תרע''ג


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The point of the shamash is to have a light that is not lit for the sake of the mitzvah so that one is not "using" the chanukah lights. Thus it cannot be for the sake of the mitzvah. Note that the Shamash is not lit for a mitzvah at all. That is, since it is lit only for the sake of not "using" the chanukah lights, it does not have a "mitzvah" and thus, any ...


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The Ran in Maseches Shabbos 9a of the Rif, s.v. אי נמי לשיעורא, cites a dispute between the Rif and some of the Geonim about your second question. The Rif held that after the time period of the mitzvah has passed, one could use the light, or take some of the oil. The Geonim disagreed, at least about taking the oil, and held that even if it went out on its ...


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Based on Dose of Halacha, it seems that according to most Poskim, you shouldn't even light with a Bracha at a party. Even according to those who say that you should light with a Bracha, it's no different from lighting in a Shul - where they light with a Bracha - and you still have to go home and light. R’ Moshe Sternbuch (Teshuvos Vehanhagos 1:398) ...



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