Lighting an Oil-Based Menorah for Hanukkah

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Although many people use candles to light a Hanukkah menorah, using lamps with oil and floating wicks is still considered more traditional since the ancient Jews originally used oil to light the lamp in the Temple for eight days which is the basis for the holiday.

  • Prepare the menorah you will use for the lighting ceremony. Pour some olive oil inside the oil wick.
  • With the entire family present, light the first candle at the sunset of the 24th day of Kislev.
  • Allow the wick to burn for at least forty five minutes. Make sure that the menorah is placed in a position that is not vulnerable to starting a fire.
  • Say the blessings for lighting the menorah. For the remaining days of Hanukkah, read only the first two blessings.
  • If the 24th day of Kislev falls on Shabbat, light the first candle on the menorah before lighting the Shabbat candles.

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