Setting Up the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Menorah is a Jewish custom that is observed during Hanukkah. Setting up the Hanukkah Menorah is one of the many traditions followed in celebration of this festive season. Here are some tips in setting up the Hanukkah Menorah.

  • The Menorah is traditionally set outside the front door of your home. Nowadays, you can set this up in a window facing the street or on a table where everyone can see the Menorah.
  • It is best to use cotton wicks in olive oil or paraffin candles. The candles must be of equal size.
  • The Hanukkah Menorah should contain the shamash that will be used to light the other candles each night. Lit candles must burn for at least half an hour each night.
  • Light the shamash then recite the first two blessings. Starting from the right, light the first candle using the shamash. The third blessing should only be recited on the first night of Hanukkah.
  • Place another candle in the Menorah on each subsequent night following the previously lit candle. Use the shamash to light these candles and recite the first two blessings.

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