GAZING AT THE
If one will not
have the opportunity to kindle his own Chanukah lights or to
participate in another's kindling, he may recite the latter
two of the three blessings if he merely sees someone
else's Chanukah flames (see Shabbos 23a and Orach
Chaim 676:3). From this, the Kabbalistic authors have
derived that spiritual enrichment is to be derived from the
very act of gazing at the Chanukah lights. Many Chassidic
masters made it a practice to look at the flames for the
full thirty-minute period that they were required to burn.
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