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Question: Can you please help me understand why someone might be unable to light Chanukah candles? I haven't been introduced to this concept before.

Answer: We would be happy to give some reasons for not being able to light Chanukah candles. Please know that this is not an exhaustive list. The reasons we didn't list are just as valid.

Trauma connected to fire

Being unhoused

Working evenings and night shifts

Living in a building that prohibits candle lighting

Being in a place where it’s unsafe to display Judaism publicly

Not being able to afford a chanukiah and candles

Being in the hospital during Chanukah

Not having an accessible chanukiah

Trauma around Chanukah

Light or other sensory sensitivities

Disability affecting arm mobility and/or gripping candles

Needing to spend Chanukah alone and finding the idea of candle lighting by oneself too painful

Being in a residential treatment facility


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