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Topic: Chanukah, Lighting While Camping

Alan Shear wrote:

If a person finds himself camping out in a field during the time of Chanuka with a group of many other people (perhaps 200), and all will be camping outside in tents, what would be the best possible way of fulfilling the mitzvah of Chanuka lighting?

Dear Alan Shear,

As we wrote above, someone not based in a home is exempt from the lighting Chanuka candles. A tent is not a home, unless it's big enough to be considered a halachic 'house' (approximately seven feet by seven feet by three feet high).

However, if there are family members who don't go on the camping trip but remain at home, they should light on behalf of their family member who went camping.

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