A. Electric Menorahs serve a great purpose of getting the Chanukah message out, and as the Talmud says: “publicize the miracle”. But sorry, an electric menorah is no substitute for good ol’ candles or oil. They’re closer to the original miracle, and electricity is not considered “a stash of fuel” that slowly depletes itself through burning. In a spiritual sense, the flickering flame is a symbol of the soul (see Tanya 19 and 35 for two life-enriching parables) and electric doesn’t tell the same story.