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Green Menorah
scholar - 8-12-2007 at 19:17

There has been much mention of a suggestion for Jews observing Hannukah to light one less candle, seven instead of eight. Someone has said each candle emits 15 grams of CO2.

I don't personally observe Hannukah, but I understand it commerates a miracle by which Yahweh kept an oil menorah burning for eight days when the quantity of oil present was only enough for one day.

It seems strange to me to celebrate that Yahweh extended the burning eight-fold by reducing the traditional number of candles burned.

Does anyone have any insight into this?

scholar - 8-12-2007 at 20:18

a Hannukah website

The article mentions that the Talmud only requires one candle to be lit each day, so an observance that doesn't have eight lit at the same time (but still has at least one lit on each day) would fulfill the observance .

LSemmens - 9-12-2007 at 08:22

It would be more logical to light smaller candles so that they don't burn as long. IIRC, traditionally a candle is allowed to burn out, once lit, otherwise the candle could be lit, the appropriate ceremony take place, and then blown out.

scholar - 9-12-2007 at 13:50

I used to live in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and would see menorahs lit and positioned in front of the picture window for any passersby to see (similar to the way many people position lighted Christmas trees). But, I never was present during any ceremony, I just saw them from the sidewalk.

Leigh, when you say each candle is left lit, it makes sense. The idea was to have a flame burning continually with the original oil, and it would make sense to leave the candle lit in commemoration of that.

LSemmens - 10-12-2007 at 11:08

We celebrate a messianic form of shabbat and, strictly speaking the candle must be allowed to burn out.