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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:Channuka
Halacha - Straight/Curved Menorah
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, I am a Judaica designer/maker. I have designed a Hannukah Menorah that has a slight curve along the length. It's part of the design so I don't want to straighten it unless I have to. The curve is slight so from the front it is clear that there are 8 candles. The candles are all at the same height (except the Shamash of course) Looking forward to hearing your opinion. Laura
Answer: A round menora is not permitted because from a distance the flames would all seem to be one large fire similar to a torch, and a multi-wicked fire is not valid for Chanuka lights. However, if the candles are on the same horizontal plane and only a slight curve as you describe, it is acceptable since the important consideration is seeing the separate flames which should not be compromised. However it is preferable that there should be a space of a finger's width between each flame to insure they can be distinguished individually.
posted:2009-09-06 06:50:45


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