Nov 29, 2018

Interesting Psak: where and how to light the Hanukkah menora in hotels

According to this article on INN, people have been asking Machon Tzomet to deal with a tough situation. Eilat is a popular holiday destination for vacationers during Hanukkah. Yet, people going to Eilat on Hanukkah and staying in the hotels there do not really have an appropriate place to light the menora.

The hotels don't allow guests to light a menora at the entrance to the hotel or in the dining room, and definitely not in the bedrooms, where there are windows to the outside. They sometimes put a table in the lobby for menora lighting, but that is not good enough as there is no window nearby, it is not a central part of the "house", and lighting there with many other menoras does not make it clear who is lighting the menora..

Rabbi Pearl has asked the hotels of Eilat to designate a place in the dining room for menora lighting, which would be acceptable.

Alternatively, if the hotels do not allow it (hotels have this extreme fear of fires), Rabbi pearl has instructed people to light a flashlight in their rooms, or electric candlesticks, and they can say a bracha over such a lighting. Rabbi Pearl quoted Rav Elyashiv and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach who would instruct soldiers to connect an electric menora to a vehicle's battery, when necessary.

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1 comment:

  1. perhaps the psak should be since there is no appropriate place to light one should pick another destination for vacation...


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