Help! I'm stuck in yeshiva, and I need a menorah to light for Chanukah! I didn't bring one from home, and candle lighting is in five minutes -- there's no time to run to a store to buy one, and all of those stores are closed for the day, anyway.

What can I do to make an ad-hoc Chanuka menorah, out of materials on hand?


When I was in Yeshiva, I saw someone use empty beer bottles, in which your standard order white Shabbos candles just so happen to be an exact fit. Sorry, I didn't take a picture.

If you don't have 8 beer bottles on hand which can quickly be made into empty beer bottles, we have other problems to deal with.

Happy Chanukah!

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    I hereby volunteer to generate as many empty beer bottles as necessary for the duration of the holiday.
    – hairboat
    Dec 19 '14 at 18:25
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    Something like what Ari Goldwag does in this video?
    – Scimonster
    Dec 21 '14 at 12:56

I always remember to bring my own menorah ;-) ....but here are some things I've seen done.

You can use Styrofoam cups, a favorite of my friends':

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Another option would be to use a Styrofoam plate, like this:

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I've also seen some more exotic things, like donuts (aka sufganiyot), or a banana:

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( Note: I don't know if the above two were ever used, but there's no reason why they shouldn't work. )

I've also seen (sorry, no pics for these!) soda cans used, in one of a few ways: either fill an empty can with mostly water, and about half an inch of oil on top, and plop a floating wick in there; put a glass oil cup in the open top of a can; or turn a can upside down, and fill that bottom cavity of the can with oil, and put a floating wick in there.

This isn't so hacky, but a lot of people ignore the fact that a lot of those cases of pre-filled oil cups come with either a small, plastic menorah, or those rubber oil cup holders, which can be used to fill in for a more permanent menorah. ( mine actually didn't, this year )

All of the above probably suffer from some form of issue with hiddur, though that may or may not be a problem ;-)

Happy Chanukah!! :^)

  • What do you recommend using for oil or wicks if you don't have the real thing on hand?
    – hairboat
    Dec 19 '14 at 18:24
  • @abbyhairboat That's a good question. You might want to ask that as a new question ;-)
    – Shokhet
    Dec 19 '14 at 18:46

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