We use floating wicks to light our Chanukah menorahs. Made of thin cork with aluminum foil glued on one side, they come with stiff wicks that get threaded through a hole in the stopper. We always run out of wicks before stoppers. But I digress. Some stoppers are round and some are hexagonal. You put water and oil into the glass cup, place the wick and thread on top, and fit the cup into your Chanukah menorah.
We noticed that our flame was too small and kept going out, so we checked the instructions.
You’d think that instructions for wicks, which are a pretty simple tool, would be uncomplicated. You’d be wrong.
The first two pictures are from one brand of wicks, the last two from another. We’re not going to comment about spelling or vocabulary, okay?
My English translation of the Hebrew text: Thread the wick from the aluminum side. Check that the wick extends 1/3 above the stopper, and 2/3 underneath.
The English and Hebrew don’t exactly match, do they?
The second box also has English and Hebrew instructions:
My translation: For a gentle flame, place 1/3 of the wick underneath the stopper and 2/3 above.
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