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36 candles refers to "Chanukah D'var Torah
Chanukah is a Jewish holiday with lots of interesting hints (remezim). The total number of candles lit over the 8 days is 36 (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8). Geometrically, this kind of sum is depicted as a triangle. The mystical significance of the triangle can be seen as the evolution or development of multiplicity from singularity through interlinking levels.
At the same time, 36 is a square, specifically the square of 6. The square relates to hitkolalut, the mutual inclusion of all parts of the whole within each part. This is the first number since the number 1 which is both a triangle of a number and a square of a number. As depicted, the square on an inverted triangle gives us a dreidel:
The number 36 is associated in Jewish folklore with the number of Hidden Righteous people in whose merit the whole world exists. We light an additional candle each day, bringing more and more light into the world. In the merit of our bringing light with the menorah, may we merit to bring light into the world with all of our deeds."
- Jewish Byte.com