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How to Keep Hanukkah Candles from Tipping Over

Enjoy the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with peace of mind, knowing that the flickering candles in your menorah will stay put.


  • : 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

  • Foil
  • Menorah
  • Lighter or match
  • Candles

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