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Old Menorahs Never Die

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Topic: Chanukah Menorah, Disposing of

Arthur P. Katz from New Jersey wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

How do you properly dispose of a menorah you no longer want/need? (I bought a nicer one.)

Dear Arthur P. Katz,

Though an item not used directly for a mitzvah (such as a talit, without the tzitzit), may be discarded, it just should not be treated with disrespect. Why not give the Menorah to someone poor, who cannot afford one, or to a child?


  • Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 21:2

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