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Is there any basis for reserving the term “menorah” to the one in the Beis Hamikdash? [duplicate]

I was taught in kindergarten that "menorah" refers specifically to the menorah in the Beis Hamikdash, and the proper term for the thing used to hold Chanuka candles is "Chanukiyah". But in all the ...
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Can any brand or type of olive oil be used to light Chanukah candles?

Many of the stores in my neighborhood sell specially marked bottles or cans of olive oil for Chanukah. A while ago, someone told me that I cannot use any store brand of olive oil (like Trader Joe's, ...
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Can one light a “camp fire” for Chanukah lighting?

This M.Y. answer discusses a controversy as to whether one needs a vessel for Chanukah lighting. Based on the opinion that one doesn't need a vessel, could one make a camp fire (i.e. a pile of twigs ...
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Appointment conflict with Hanukkah Candle Lightning

If a person has an appointment she must attend after the candle lighting time but needs to depart before the candle lighting time, what should the person do?
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Does each menorah need its own shamash

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 Sources please
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Preparing the menora [duplicate]

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 ...
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Lighting the first Chanukah candle after the first Brachah

There's an interesting way of lighting Chanukah candles that I've seen some people do. On the first night, the lighting is similar to the 'standard', wherein all three blessings are said before the ...
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What time should Chanuka candles be lit in the Southern Hemisphere?

My prayer book says The Chanukah lights should be kindled as soon as possible after nightfall. I live in Melbourne, and due to the summer solstice and daylight saving, nightfall is very late (...
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Do you need to use the same chanukia for all eight nights of Chanukah?

The answers to Do I need a menorah? say that according to some I need to use a chanukia of some sort to hold the lights. Does it need to be the same one for all eight days, or can one use different ...
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Can the Chanukah candles be lit via a timer?

Let's say someone attaches a timer to a fuse / lighter that sends a spark to light the candles. Can lighting be done automatically, or must each candle be lit by human physical action, only? As @...
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Does each Chanukah candle need to be individually lit?

Let's say someone lit the oil and set it on fire, or lit one candle and a spark or the flame from one candle lit other candles next to it. Is this a permissible lighting or does each candle need to be ...
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Why does Chabad use a diagonal branched menorah?

I have seen numerous different shapes for a menorah. The simplest ones have candles in a straight line. Many have curved branches. The only general requirement that I recall reading in Kitzur Shulchan ...
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Can a Chanukah menorah share a single oil source?

All the Chanukah menorot that I have seen each have separate oil cups / holders. Would it be permissible to have a "trough" with separate cups coming out of it and each one having a separate wick, so ...
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Is “pirsumei nissa” (publicizing the Chanukah miracle) its own mitzvah?

Is "pirsumei nissa" incidental (a "byproduct") caused by the lighting of the Chanukah candles or is it a separate mitzvah? I ask this, because, the mitzvah of lighting candles is only in one's home. ...
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Place the Menorah above 10 tefachim?

The Shulchan Aruch 671:6 writes that one should initially place the menorah under 10 tefachim and above 3, but writes that if he lit above 10 tefachim he fulfills his obligation. The source comes from ...
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Using someone else's Menorah

I used my brother's menorah on Chanuka , did I perform the mitzvah correctly or does the menorah have to be mine?
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Any significance of Hakhel to Chanuka?

On an advertisement for the Lubavitch National Menorah lighting at the White House this year, I saw a little banner that said "Hakhel Year! Special Gathering!" or something of that sort (I don't have ...
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What should one do if the shamash burns away before the other candles?

One important reason to keep a shamash candle burning in a hanukkiah is because Hanukkah candles are not supposed to be used except for fufilling the mitzvah. The shamash candle allows one to use its ...
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For those accustomed to leaving a shamash lit, must the shamash be lit “l'shem mitzvah”?

There is a custom brought by the Rema to leave an additional candle lit during the lighting of the Menorah at Hanukkah. Does this candle need to be lit for the sake of the mitzvah, or can one use a ...
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Lit the menorah at my mother's home, then again at my home. Which brachot are said?

Note: This is related to Lighting the menora in shul and at home. How many brochos need be said?, except that in that case one of the occasions involved a minyan, and the explanation offered in ...
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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say "SheHeḤiyanu"?...
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Is one allowed to transfer the oil between the Chanukah candles and frying latkes?

Can one use the leftover candle oil (after the candles have burned out) to fry his latkas, and then "recycle" that oil back for the next night's candle oil? Is there any concern that the oil must be ...
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Clarification on “use” of Chanukah candles

In the Haneirot Halalu paragraph, said by many, after lighting the Chanukah candles, there is a phrase stating "we are not permitted to use them". I also understand that the candles must stay lit for ...
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Can one light Chanukah candles with ear wax?

Can one light Chanukah candles with ear wax? I'm not suggesting that people actually do this, as it is weird. But, I'm asking this in terms of allowable halacha. I know that the 2nd chapter of Talmud ...
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3 tefachim minimum height for candles on Chanukah - from the flame itself, or base of the chanukiyah?

For Chanukha Shulchan Aruch (תרעא:ו) writes: ...מניחו למעלה משלשה טפחים To which the Mishneh Berura writes: דכל למטה משלשה כאלו הניח בקרקע ואין ניכר שבעל הבית הניחו שם "For anything below ...
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Info on Chanukah oil burning lengths

If I recall correctly, Chanukah lights must burn until at least 1/2 hour after nightfall (or after they are lit). I know that different types of oil burn faster or slower. Would someone know if there ...
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What does a Hanukkah oil lamp look like? [duplicate]

Is there such a thing as a "correct" design or appearance for an oil lamp in the context of Hanukkah, whether prescribed by religious law, long tradition or any other metric? If so, what does one look ...
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Menorah with uneven spacing

The following assumes lighting an additional candle for each day of Chanukkah: Two may light in a single Menorah for the first three days of Chanukkah; each in his end of the Menorah. This does not ...
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What can I do if I don't have a Chanuka menorah?

There are opinions that hold that one needs a menorah, some sort of kli (vessel) to light Chanukah lights with; but even according to the contrary opinions, it's certainly easier to light when one has ...
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Lighting the Chanuka menorah in my moving trailer

If I live in a trailer, can I light the menorah by the window of the trailor while it's moving (driving down the highway, lets say) and fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Chanuka lamp?
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Different Versions of Haneirot Hallalu [duplicate]

My father ususally lights the hannuka candles and reads the blessings from the Authorized Daily Prayer Book (aka the Singer Siddur). This year he is away and I read the blessings from the Artscroll. I ...
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Whence the minhag to light in shul by day?

In pretty much every shul and yeshiva I've been in has lit Chanukah candles by shacharis, the same number of candles that were lit the night before. What is the source for this custom, and why is it ...
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Can one use Chanukkah lights/candles for a mitzvah?

One is generally not allowed to benefit from the light of the Channukah candles (see discussion here) but does that include using the light to perform a mitzvah? Note: I'm pretty sure that this is ...
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Could the minhag of lighting menorah in Shuls have developed from when guests would stay in Shul?

Could the minhag (=custom) of lighting menorah in synagogues have developed from when guests would stay in the synagogue? Does anyone bring this as a source for the minhag? If so, would it not apply ...
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Do I need a menorah?

It's been common practice for a very long time (perhaps as early as 60 years after the Chanukah miracle) to use a menorah (aka "chanukiyah") to light the Chanukah candles with. Do I need a menorah to ...
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Is there a problem with two people lighting a double chanukiah?

Is there a problem with two people lighting from a chanukiah that has two Shamashes and 16 candles? Say, Shamash, 8 candles, Shamash, 8 candles, all on one structure?
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May a chanuka menorah be any shape? [duplicate]

This is a more specific asking of "what may a menorah look like", whose answer only regulated candle height. So long as the artist is mindful regarding the prohibition against idols, may a menorah ...
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What may a menorah look like?

I'm designing a menorah to build for next Channukah. Are there anything about the Law on how a menorah should look, other than that it holds 9 candles? Must it exactly resemble the traditional ...
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Why a different list and different order in על הנסים and in הנרות הללו?‎

On Chanuka, we thank God in the amida (sh'mone esre) and grace after meals ועל הנסים ועל הפרקן ועל הגבורות ועל התשועות ועל הנפלאות ועל הנחמות ועל המלחמות שעשית לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה for ...
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How big can a chanukia get?

I recently saw this story about students at YU who lit up their dorm windows to turn the entire building into a giant chanukia (just the form, not a real one). That inspired a question: Exactly how ...
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Should the menorah be empty between lightings?

When the menorah is on display between lightings, should it be empty or full (of candles)?
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Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?

Does it make a difference if the Hanukkah lights are lit for an hour or an hour and a half? Is it more of a 'Hiddur Mitzvah'?
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Is there a custom to use beeswax candles for Hannukah?

I have heard that there is a custom to use beeswax candles on Hannukah (at least for the shamash). Does this custom have a source? Why beeswax as opposed to other types of wax? Chabad.org notes ...
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What if I've sabotaged my Chanukah candles?

The halacha as codified in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 673:2 is that if your Chanukah candles go out before the time period of their burning has elapsed, you do not need to relight them. The Rashba ...
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Where does R' Ovadia Yosef write that women can contribute towards a Minyan for lighting the Menorah?

I know there is another question that discusses others sources: I am specifically looking for the source in יביע אומר quoted in ילקוט יוסף תרעא:טו בית כנסת שעדיין לא הגיעו המתפללים להתפלל מנחה ...
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Benefiting from channukah candles in a mirror

One is not allowed to "benefit" from the lights of the channukah candles. Rashi says the reason is in order that it should be recognizable that these candles are light for the mitzvah in order to "l'...
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Electric menorah and the timing of sunset

Assuming one has an electric menorah in their window, but will not be returning home until well after dark, what is the appropriate thing to do? Activate the next night's bulb in advance, so that ...
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When to light the Shamash when lighting Menorah?

When lighting my Menora, saying the relevant Brachot, and lighting the Shamash, what order should I follow? I think the best way is: 1. Shamash 2. Brachot 3. Chanukah-Lights But someone said, the ...
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Defining residence for purpose of candle lighting

Do you light Shabbat or Channuka candles in the place where you sleep/dwell or in the place where you will be spending the evening? Does it make a difference if you are going to be sleeping out of ...
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Should a beracha be recited for a public Hanukkah lighting? Who should/can recite it?

My office wants to light Hanukkah candles. Who should/can light the candles? Should a beracha be recited?