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Why do we start Chanukah with one candle on the first night and increase one candle per night until we light eight on the eighth night? Why not just each night or do a “countdown” from eight to one?

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Someone told me that Chanukah as we celebrate it today (with lights) only began after the Christians began celebrating xmas. Is this true?'

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Dear Rabbi: Unfortunately my wife (Yael bat Channah) is now already nearly a year in hospitals and Rehab Nursing Homes. She has many times been unconscious, not aware of what was going on, but thank G-d her health has improved and she understands now most of the things, that happen around her. At home I continued always to candle the lights for Shabbos and Chanuka, even when she couldn't. If I bring her electric Shabbos candles and an electric Menora, can she say the bracha over the light kindling? Real fire is not allowed in the Hospital or Nursing Home. Too dangerous.
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Is it okay to light a mixed colored set of small red, green, blue, and yellow Chanukah candles? Does it matter as to the order that they are placed in the candle holder and the order in which they're lit? And what's the name of the holder, "menorah" or "chanukiah"? Thanks and happy Chanukah!
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