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How long do the Chanukah candles have to burn?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The candles must remain lit every night for at least 30 minutes after nightfall (Tzeit HaKochavim). Therefore, those who have the custom of lighting the candles after sunset but before nightfall, must be certain that the candles are long enough (or there is enough oil) to burn until one half hour after night fall. If you are following this custom, be safe, and have candles which burn for at least fifty minutes. (To find out what time nightfall is in your location, click here.) It is important to note that the standard Israeli candles do not burn for fifty minutes.1

The chanukah candles must remain lit every night for at least 30 minutes after nightfall (Tzeit HaKochavim)

Footnotes

  • 1. Talmud Shabbat 21b; Code of Jewish Law, Orach Chaim 675:2; Sefer Haminhagim - Chabad p. 71.

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