Setting up the Menorah:
- Use olive oil and cotton wicks for the candles.
- Use wax candles for the Shamash.
- Each candle is to contain enough oil to last at least 30 minutes after nightfall.
- The candles are set up starting from the far right end of the Menorah. The Shamash is placed slightly higher than the other candles.
- The Menorah is set up inside one’s home, by the doorway of a room, adjacent to the doorpost opposite the Mezuzah.
- The Menorah is to be between three and ten Tefach [24-80 centimeters] from the ground.
- Each person lighting is to preferably light by a different doorpost. Children are to light by the doorpost of their bedroom.
- Beginning from sunset, do not do Melacha or eat a meal until the candles are lit.
- After sunset begin lighting the candles. If this is not possible the candles may be lit with a blessing until day break so long as there are people still awake.
- One wears regular weekday garb of hat and jacket.
- Married men light wearing a Gartel.
- Prior to the lighting one recites three blessings on the first night, two blessings on every subsequent night.
- Only after the blessings have been recited does one begin lighting the candles.
- One begins lighting the candle to the far left, and hence lights from left to right.
- One does not light any candle, including the Shamash from an already lit Chanukah candle.
- After all the candles are lit one sings Haneiros Halalu.
- One remains near the candles for approximately 30 minutes.
- Women may not do work during these thirty minutes.
- The Menorah may not be moved until 30 minutes have passed from after nightfall. In a time of need one may move the Menorah once this time has passed, prior to extinguishing.
- The candles may not be extinguished until 30 minutes have passed from after nightfall.
- One may not benefit from the candlelight’s of the Menorah during these 30 minutes.
- After the 8th night, all leftover oils and wicks are to be burnt on their own.
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