Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hilchos Chanukah: Mehadrin min Hamehadrin

The lighting of Chanuka candles have a requirement of “Mehadrin min HaMehadrein”(a unique glorification). How is this requirement to be fulfilled?

The Shulchan Aruch rules that every day an additional candle should be lit by the head of the family (hereby showing that the miracle was for an additional night), while the rest of the family should continue lighting each night only one candle. The reasoning is that if each family member would add candles each night, spectators will conclude that there are numerous family members, as opposed to the additional candles being lit for the miracle.
The Rama rules like the Rambam that every family member should a candle for each additional night, but the female members do not light at all.

Is the “Mehadrin” requirement fulfilled if accidentally more candles than necessary for that day were lit?
Some authorities require that all the candles be extinguished, and to relight them, but most authorities agree that it is enough just to extinguish the additional candle.

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