Friday, November 27, 2015

Using a Round Menorah for Hannuka

Using a Round Menorah for Hannuka
Day: Friday
Date: November 27, 2015
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 671

In order to fulfill the mitzvah of Lighting the menorah it is only necessary to light one candle per night. More commonly done and a much more desirable way of fulfilling the mitzvah, is to start with one and add a candle every night. If one accidentally lit an extra candle on any of the nights of Hannuka, he does not need to relight when he realizes his mistake. In fact, if he does relight with a beracha the beracha is considered to be a beracha levatala. If one lit fewer candles than necessary and then realized later he may light the extra one, but without a beracha. It is permissible to use a round menorah as long as the flame from each candle is an inch or so away from the one next to it.

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