Question by  holmdeal (58)

Is there a particular time of night you're supposed to light the Chanukah candles?


Answer by  mjl10 (282)

Yes. You are normally supposed to light the Chanukah candles as soon as the sun sets in the evening. This is because sunset marks the beginning of a new day in the Jewish calendar. However, some rabbis now say that you can light the candles at any time of night, since people don't get home from work until after dark.


Answer by  notenoughfacts (257)

Chanukah candles are lit before sundown, usually within one hour of sundown. After sundown the next day has already started so it's too late for lighting candles. On Shabbat, candles are lit before shabbat candles.


Answer by  wrestler88 (192)

Before nightfall, but it doesn't have the restrictions that lighting the Shabbat candles does (i. e. , 18 minutes before nightfall). If the family isn't home 'til after nightfall, it's OK to light them then.


Answer by  apple (447)

Hanukkah candles should be lit before night hits, but if you're late it's OK. Check a Jewish calendar or Chabad's website to see when nightfall is for a particular day.


Answer by  apple (447)

Before nightfall which is technically defined as the moment that 3 stars are visible. The candles should burn for at least 30 minutes during the night.

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