I understand that I need a shamosh for my menorah Do I need 2 shamoshes if 2 people light 2 menorahs next to each other

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    Why do you understand that you need a shamash?
    – mevaqesh
    Dec 31, 2016 at 23:57
  • People use "shamash" to refer to an extra light sitting near (or attached to) a m'nora. People also use it to refer to a candle used to light the m'nora. Which do you mean? This question is unclear to me. (cc @DoubleAA )
    – msh210
    Jan 1, 2017 at 12:08
  • @msh210 i guess the first one
    – hazoriz
    Jan 1, 2017 at 12:09
  • Then edit that in to your question for clarity.
    – msh210
    Jan 1, 2017 at 12:10
  • My understanding i sthat there is no requirement that the shamash even stay there as part of teh menorah, itself. I have ot seen any source mentioning thsi - only one that you may not use the other candles for lighting each other. If this is true, I wonder why almost all menorot have a spot for the shamash, anyway. I've seen people blow out the shamash after the other candles are lit, too.
    – DanF
    Jan 1, 2017 at 22:54

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Mishna Berura 673:18 says that so long that each Menora is in a separate place, each one should have a Shamash. From this I would deduce that if all the Menoras are being lit in the same area, only one Shamash is necessary.

However Be'air Hataiv 5 seems to say that all those who light need a Shamash. Be'air Hataiv seems to mention that the Rashal is lenient regarding this.

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