In Eretz Yisroel they seem to light outdoors. Why in Chutz Laretz dont we not do the same? as there would seem to be more Pirsumay Nissah: advertising of the Miracle That way?(besides of course if your Menorah will get stolen But I dont believe thats the reason) And why is it certain Chassidm light completely indoors by their door?

Update:It seems the Or Zaruah(Hilchos CHanukah Ois Shin Chuf Gimmel) asks the question and stays with the question why today when there is no danger why we do not light outside?


About not lighting outdoors - Aruch Hashulchan (Orach Chaim 671:24) says:

והנה עתה אין אנו מדליקין בחוץ. ואף שאין סכנה אצלינו, מכל מקום כמעט הוא מהנמנעות, מפני שבכל המדינות שלנו ימי חנוכה הם ימי סגריר, גשם ושלג ורוחות חזקים. ואי אפשר להניחם בחוץ, אם לא להסגירם בזכוכית. וכולי האי לא אטרחוהו רבנן. ועוד: דבזה לא יהיה היכר למצוה כל כך. וגם לא בכל המקומות יניחו לעשות כך.

Nowadays we don't light outdoors. Even though there is no danger in our areas, nonetheless it is almost impossible to do so, since in all our countries Chanukah is during the wintry season, when it's rainy, snowy, and there are strong winds. It would be impracticable to put them outdoors unless they were enclosed in glass; our Rabbis did not want to burden one to that extent. Also, the mitzvah would be less noticeable that way. Furthermore, they [the local authorities?] may not allow one to do so in all places.

About lighting by the door - there is the advantage (mentioned in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 671:7) of being "surrounded by mitzvos," with the mezuzah on one side and the menorah on the other.

In one of his letters, the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l points out that lighting at the window has a couple of disadvantages: (a) frequently the window is over 20 cubits from ground level, in which case it's anyway not noticeable by people outdoors, and for the people in the house it would be more visible at the doorway; (b) many Chanukah menoros have a back panel behind the lights, and in that case, there's no way to place it on the windowsill such that both the passersby and the dwellers in the house will be able to see them.

  • Its funny because in Eretz Yisroel they do put it in a glass, and I have seen it sold in America.Also why is it less noticeable I notice all of the Fish tanks looking Menorahs in Israel. Rav Eliyashiv uses it and Rav Kanievsky use it outdoors and we don't have the Issue with authorities and as Usal the Aruch Hashulchan to My understanding defends the way things are but it dosent mean its optimum and this would at least to me seem optimum lighting out doors. The Rebbe illustrates an answer I have heard that Today the Main Pirsumay Nissah is for the people of the House and for the otside I – SimchasTorah Nov 14 '10 at 13:16
  • would like to Know where the is from that Pirsumay Nissah is for the people of the house and Why it changed? – SimchasTorah Nov 14 '10 at 13:17
  • An update on What I think are Weak answers The Imrie Noam says we are afraid of Leitzim as it uses this Loshon in Megillas Tannis(why we are afraid of them I would love to Know,and who cares and since when do we listen to Meggilas Tannis ,Another attempt at an answer once we change a Minhag it becomes established that way and we stay with the Changed Minhag .WHY this would be is beyond me if there is the best way and the Mediocre way of do somthing one we did the Mediocre way we stay that way. – SimchasTorah Dec 5 '10 at 18:59
  • Another answer I heard Bderech Drush I think The Bnei Yissocher said in His times already that originally The Greek Influence was On the Outside so you had to light there to bring the Light of Chanukah there today its in Our homes already so we have toi light indoors its nice and Right but does it change the Halacha I dont know any solid Halachic or other wise answers would still be appreciated. – SimchasTorah Dec 5 '10 at 19:02
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    Ok.lets take it to the next level how do you say window in Hebrew? חלון now how many lights do we light? ל"ו Now What are we Lighting? נרות חנוכה which is נח the Leftover letters. – SimchasTorah Dec 5 '10 at 21:17

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