Section: Moadim Category: Chanukah
|Lighting Neiros Chanukah Outside or Inside??|
The Halacha is that Neiros Chanuka should be lit outside to publicize the Nes of Chanukah. However says the The Shulchan Aruch (OC 671:5), if it is dangerous to light outside then you can light inside. Some poskim like Rav Binyomin Zilber (Uz Nidberu 10:26) pasken that today since there is no danger to lighting outside you are michuyav to do so. However many people have a minhag to light inside despite the fact the Halacha clearly only makes exception for times of danger. Most poskim accept this minhag and try to justify it through a variety of answers. Regardless of the justification this is a perfectly acceptable minhag that traces its roots back to the Rishonim (The Ohr Zarua and Ittur both mention it.)
Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.