Tuesday, November 27, 2018

One Who Lit Too Few or Too Many Candles

One Who Lit Too Few or Too Many Candles

Day: Tuesday
Date: November 27, 2018
Parshat: Vayeshev
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 the first night with one candle and add an additional candle every night. If one accidentally lit an extra candle on any of the nights of Hanukkah, he does not need to relight when he realizes his mistake. In fact, if he does light again and says another beracha it is considered to be a beracha levatala. If one lit fewer candles than necessary and then later realized his error, 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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