Can a goy light the Chanukah candles?

Answer:

A non-Jew cannot light the Chanukah candles (on behalf of a Jew), because he is not obligated in performing the mitzvah.

He can light candles for himself, but it stands to reason that even the Rambam, who writes that a non-Jew who performs a mitzvah receives reward for so doing, might admit that this premise is weaker in regard to rabbinic mitzvos, which the Sages only intended for Jews.

 

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2 Responses to “Non-Jew for Chanukah Candles”

  1. can he/she light any other candle then the mitzvah candle?

    • If there’s a need, he can be honored with an “honorary Chanukah candle,” in addition to the regular Chanukah candles.

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