Has a person fulfilled the obligation of lighting Chanukah candles if he uses a stolen menorah but owns the candles, match etc.?

  • Why would you think you have not fulfilled the obligation? – Double AA Dec 18 '14 at 16:13
  • @DoubleAA You can't perform the mitzvah of lulav with a stolen lulav. Perhaps the OP considered it similar. – Scimonster Dec 18 '14 at 17:04
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    @Scimonster Perhaps? It would be nice if he would just tell us so we wouldn't have to guess how best to address his concerns... – Double AA Dec 18 '14 at 17:05

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 without any menorah, I can't imagine that the menorah can be considered the object through which I effect my kiyyum of the mitzvah, so its status as stolen seems immaterial. The aveirah (I would think) can prevent my kiyyum but not undo it.

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  • Not all agree to that judaism.stackexchange.com/a/22603/759 – Double AA Dec 18 '14 at 17:38
  • @DoubleAA good point but is there a distinction between the "loose candles" cited in the Q you link to and the lashon of "attached" in the daily halacha site I linked to? If I melt the wax and attach the candle to a table is it "loose"? – rosends Dec 18 '14 at 18:12

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