Are there any halachic rules concerning the lighting of the Chanukah Candles by a non-Jew/gentile.

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    How would a non-Jew signify that these are Channukah candles? Is the question about saying a bracha or just lighting a random candelabrum? – rosends Nov 22 '16 at 17:23
  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – msh210 Nov 23 '16 at 8:04

From dinonline.org

Can a goy light the Chanukah candles?


A non-Jew cannot light the Chanukah candles (on behalf of a Jew), because he is not obligated in performing the mitzvah.

He can light candles for himself, but it stands to reason that even the Rambam, who writes that a non-Jew who performs a mitzvah receives reward for so doing, might admit that this premise is weaker in regard to rabbinic mitzvos, which the Sages only intended for Jews.

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  • I am not sure why we should be more sure that rabbinic laws addressed to Jews are less appropriate for non-Jews, than biblical laws addressed to Jews. – mevaqesh Nov 23 '16 at 19:55
  • @mevaqesh Possibly because rabbis make laws specifically for Jews and as far as I know, there are no Rabbinical laws applying to B'nai Noach. – DanF Nov 23 '16 at 21:05
  • on behalf of a Jew is the point of this answer but this point itself is absent in the questio. Indeed the answer is accepted. I don't understand. – kouty Nov 23 '16 at 21:52
  • @kouty I, as well as several others, agree with you. There's a chat session, that you can follow from the link in one of the comments. Make of it what you can - for me, it was a bit too much "chat"-er ;-) My answer addresses both possibilities. – DanF Nov 24 '16 at 3:42

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