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Why is the Chanukah Menorah lit in the synagogue?

In days bygone, the synagogue was the center of the Jewish community. Morning and evening, the entire community would gather there to offer prayers to...

If one of my Chanukah candles blows out prematurely, do I have to relight it?

If the candle has already burned the necessary minimum amount of time (see How long do the Chanukah candles have to burn?), you do not have to relight it....

What is the Torah reading for Chanukah?

Chanukah means "dedication" and it is a holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple after a period of enemy occupation. So...

Where do I light my menorah?

A. According to halachah, the menorah must be kindled in your own home.1 So if you're at Uncle Bruce's Chanukah party and he asks you to...

Can I use an electric Menorah for Chanukah?

Having an electric menorah in your window is a wonderful idea; it is a great way to advertise the miracle of Chanukah to all your neighbors. In one aspect...

What is the purpose of the Shamash (ninth) candle on my menorah?

On every Chanukah menorah there are nine branches. Eight for the eight nights of Chanukah, and the ninth branch holds the Shamash candle. The word...

Is it preferable to use oil for my menorah instead of candles?

Yes. Although it is permissible to use candles, the best way to perform the mitzvah is by kindling the menorah in the same fashion as it was lit in the...

How is Chanukah celebrated?

1. Make Light of Matter The centerpiece of Chanukah, the one we’re all familiar with, is the nine-branched candelabrum1 known to the...

Are women required to light the Menorah?

Yes. Although women are normally exempt from all Positive Mitzvahs which have to be fulfilled at a particular time (see Which Mitzvahs are women obligated...

Do the candles on the menorah have to be in a straight line to be kosher?

Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to askmoses. How can I be of help today? Leslie: Do the lights on a chanukah menorah have to be in a straight line to be kosher?...