Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Using the Menorah's Light

Using the Menorah's Light
Day: Wednesday
Date: December 17, 2014
Parshat: Miketz
Yalkut Yosef: 673

It is forbidden to use the menorah's light for any personal use unless it is for a mitzvah. Even for a mitzvah one may only use the light for a momentary use -not for more. For example, one may not count coins with the menorah's light or use it to learn, but he may use the it to find a match with which to light the rest of the candles or to look up a Halacha. Therefore the custom is to light an extra candle, called a shamash, so that if one does use the light it'll be from that candle and not from the others. The shamash is lit after all the others and should be placed a little higher or lower than the others. If one cannot put it at a different height he should at least separate it a bit so it's obvious that it's not part of the candles being used for the mitzvah. The candles need to stay lit for a half hour. (See DSH from Dec 15, 2014). After a half hour has passed one may use the light for any reason. If there is a blackout one does not need to close his eyes so a not to use the menorah's light, even within the first half hour.

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