Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lighting menorah at a Chanukah Party


May I light the chanukiah at my family's Chanukah party, and count that as my mitzvah?

One may not light at a Chanukah party located in another person's house. One who will return home after traffic outside his house has ceased should light before going to the party, after plag haminchah (3:45 PM in Toronto at the start of Chanukah this year), and the chanukiah must remain lit until more than 30 minutes after the stars emerge.

Where the above solution is not possible, one should have someone light in his home at the proper time, or one should light after returning from the party, making sure that someone else is awake to see his chanukiah.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 677:1; Mishneh Berurah 677:12, 679:2; Rivivot Ephraim 4:163:12, 16, 32)

Have a great day,

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