Sunday, December 11, 2016

One Who Lit the Wrong Number of Hanukkah Candles

One Who Lit the Wrong Number of Hanukkah Candles

Day: Sunday
Date: December 11, 2016
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 671

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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 candle and add an additional 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 say another beracha the beracha is considered to be a beracha levatala. If one lit fewer candles than necessary and then realized his error later, he may light the missing ones, 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 flame of the next candle.

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