Hilchos Chanukah: How Long Must They Burn?

Wednesday December 12, 2012 4:40 AM - One Comment

olive-oil-menorahOne should put enough oil in the menorah so that the lights will burn until at least one half hour after night (Tzes Hakochavim - i.e. 72 minutes after sunset according to Rabbeinu Tam). Thus, if lighting close to sunset one should put enough oil to burn for appx. 1 ½ hours.
Shulchan Aruch with Mishna Brurah 672:1 and Bi’ur Halacha

If the lights burn out before night, one should relight them without a bracha, so that they burn for at least one half hour after night. Shulchan Aruch with Mishna Brurah 672:1 and Bi’ur Halacha.

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One Response to “Hilchos Chanukah: How Long Must They Burn?”

1. Comment from anon
Time December 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

in the northern hemisphere,30 minutes in the winter is also half an hour shaos zemanios. What about the southern hemisphere? (south america,argentina south africa chile australia/ Do you require a flat half hour or a a half hour shaos zemanios which may be more then 30 minutes? Please reply . Thank you

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