Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Halocho #1225 - Menora: Artisic and Silver

If one uses clay lamps for the Menorah then one has to replace them every night. 

When using glass holders one must make sure they are clean; not oily or smoky from the previous night. 

Best is to use a nice metal Menorah. If one can afford it, one should buy a silver Menorah to beautify the Mitzva. 

The wicks on a Menorah must all be at the same level; you cannot have some higher and some lower. 

The Shamash should be higher. Its purpose is to provide light so that you don't use the Chanukah lights which are for "display and not for use". 

The wicks should be far enough away from each other that they don't join and become a torch. If using candles they mustn't be close enough to melt each other. 

The wicks do not have to be in a straight line; a Menorah can be shaped as a semi-circular or even a full circle. 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139:5, 9

- Danny 
Wednesday, 17 Kislev 5774

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