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In the song Haneiros Halallu we say that the Chanuka candles are holy and we don't have permission to use them only to view them. I'd like to understand what that means. Do they attain this status irrespective of who lights them? Meaning if someone who is not obligated to light chanuka candles does so (such as a minor or a blind person) do they have the same status? Do they retain this status if they are seen outside of their halachic time, such as very late at night.

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    A blind person is not obligated to light chanukkah candles?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 0:42
  • @DoubleAA there is such a view, but IINM we do not rule thus.
    – msh210
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 3:50
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    @msh210 Full analysis judaism.stackexchange.com/a/4262/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 3:54
  • what about if they were lit without a bracha? Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 14:04

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An answer to: Do they retain this status if they are seen outside of their halachic time, such as very late at night?

See O Ch 674 (1) in the Remo who says אבל אחר שעבר זמן המצוה מותרים בהנאה - After the time of the mitzva it is permitted to have benefit from them.

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