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Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8

  Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8 Question: Orach Chaim 677 says that leftover oil should be burnt. It appears that the reason is that since the oil has become huktza l'mitzvah, it has to be destroyed so that you won't come to have hana'ah from it. My situation is this: When I buy the oil initially, I stipulate that only the oil used for the mitzvah is muktzeh; any oil remaining in the bott ...

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Lighting Menorah for Visitors

Question: 1. A person who is invited (with his family) to close family members for a Hadlokas Neros. The hosts are well meaning but not very `informed` and are likely to be offended by the invited family not wanting to light by them. Is there any heitter for the guests to light there? (They are not sleeping there, just about eating one meal) And is there room le`hokel to allow at least the boys (probably hi ...

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Makom Hadlaka for Bachurim in Yeshiva

Question: Where is the proper place for bachurim learning in yeshiva to light menorah? Some of them sleep in the building of the yeshiva where the dining room and bais medrash is located. Others sleep in a separate dira [and eat in the yeshiva]. Answer: Bachurim who sleep and eat in the yeshiva building, should consider the building their home. As such if there is place at the entrance to the building which ...

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Electric Menorah for Chanuka

Question: After hadlakat ner Chanuka, I often have to leave my house right away [I work in a hospital]. I do not want to leave burning candles alone in the house. Could I fulfill my obligation with an electric menorah with bulbs? I once heard that in a hotel that does not allow candles one could use an electric menorah. Answer: One can not fulfill their obligation with any form of electric lights, even in t ...

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Chanuka – Menorah for Traveler

Question: I am staying in a hotel for one night of Chanuka, and leaving the following day. I will be travelling and not arrive home until the following morning. Where should I light neiros Chanuka for that night? Could I make a shliach to light in my house? Answer: If you are still in the hotel by ‘plag hamincha’ [approx. 3:30 during Chanuka] you can light in your hotel room. Since you have been staying the ...

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Chanuka – Lighting Menora in China

Question: I will [unfortunatley] find myself this year in China on a buisness trip during Chanuka. I will be in a hotel where in all likliehood I will be the only Jew around. If my hotel window is within 20 amos should I light there for pirsumei nisa, when the only ones to see the Menorah will be non Jews, or should I light inside my room [by the doorway]? thanks Answer: It would seem there is no benefit in ...

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Chanuka – Lighting Menorah at a Public Gathering

Question: I work with a number of non religious co-workers in the same office. On chanuka we are all in the office at the begining of the zman hadlaka. May I light menora for them with a bracha? Most of them will not be lighting a menora aside from this. Answer: While one should certainly light menora for them, making a bracha is more questionable and should be avoided. One who makes a bracha on such a ligh ...

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