- : Even when they are secured, candles can be a fire hazard. Never leave lit candles unattended.
- Step 1: Place foil Place the sheet of foil under your menorah to catch any wax that may drip. You can reuse the foil for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
- Step 2: Light a candle Use a match or lighter to light a spare candle that you won't need to use in the Hanukkah ceremony.
- TIP: This is a good way to make use of any candles in the box that are cracked or malformed.
- Step 3: Drip wax Hold the lit end of the candle over the first branch of the menorah, tilt it, and allow a few drops of wax to drip into it.
- Step 4: Place candles Place the first candle into the holder, twisting it slightly while applying gentle pressure to secure it in the melted wax.
- Step 5: Repeat with other candles Repeat the procedure with the other candles -- one for each night of Hanukkah that has passed as well as the current night.
- TIP: Don't secure the Shamus, or helper candle, until you are finished using it to light the other candles during the ceremony.
- Step 6: Light the menorah Light the menorah after saying the traditional Hanukkah prayers to celebrate the Festival of Light. The wax will harden around the candles to keep them in place.
- FACT: For the entire 8 days of Hanukkah it is forbidden to fast or to eulogize.
You Will Need
- Lighter or match