Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Drafting the Menorah


Yesterday we learned about the order of Chanukah and Shabbat candles.

On Shabbat one may not perform an action which will definitely result in a violation of Shabbat, even if that result is unintended. Therefore, one may not open a door opposite a flame if the resulting draft is guaranteed to increase or diminish the flame.

Therefore: When lighting the Menorah on Friday, make sure that the Menorah will not be directly exposed to open doors as you enter or leave the room on Shabbat.

[Note: The same will apply, every week, for Shabbat candles!]

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 680:1; Mishneh Berurah 680:2, 4),

Have a great day,

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