Is there an order in which one must prepare the oil/candles each night of Chanuka?

Last night as I was preparing the menorah one of my guests commented that while we light the newest candle first that when we prepare the menorah you should start with the oldest one first - and move forward saving the newest candle for last. I have never heard of this. Is this a requirement and if so can you provide a source?

  • I don't think there is any specific halacha regarding how you must prepare the candles. You or your guest might have confused how the candles are arranged in general vs. the lighting. I.e., when facing an empty menorah, the 1st night's candle starts on the right. The 2nd night's candle is left of that, 3rd left of the 2nd and so on. In other words, each night a new candle is added left of the others. You light the newest one first and proceed from left to right.
    – DanF
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:06
  • @DanF agreed on the order of lighting. The comment was specific as to the order of preparing the candles (and I had never heard of such a requirement)
    – TheRiver
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:22
  • Please re-read my comment. In short, I don't think there is any requirement for the preparation, itself. You can place them in the menorah in any order you wish. The description is just what it looks like when you have completed the placement.
    – DanF
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:27
  • @danf some light right to left when outside
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:39


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