No Results Found.

978. The Brachos on Lighting
by in
139:12 On the first night, the one lighting the candles recites three brachos: that G-d has commanded us to kindle the Chanukah lights, that He performed miracles for our ancestors, and that He has kept us alive and sustained us to reach this occasion. This third bracha – shehechiyanu – is not recited on subsequent […]
977. When to Light the Menorah
by in
139:10 The time to light Chanukah candles is immediately after the stars appear, and one should not procrastinate. One may not do anything before lighting, not even learn Torah. (Not only that, but if one starts to do something, he must stop doing it in order to light – Mishnah Brurah 672:10.) If one has […]
976. The Placement and Arrangement of the Menorah
by in
139:8 It is a mitzvah to place the Chanukah candles at least three handbreadths above the ground, but less than 10 handbreadths. If the menorah is placed more than 10 handbreadths high, it is still valid, but if it is more than 20 cubits high (around 30 feet), then it is invalid. (If one placed […]
975. How and Where to Light the Menorah
by in
139:6 The accepted practice is to light in the most scrupulous manner, each person in the household lighting one candle on the first night, two candles on the second night, and so on until they light eight candles on the eighth night. (“Each person” excludes the lady of the house, who is included as a […]
974. The Chanukah Oil and Menorah
by in
139:4 Any type of oil may be used for the Chanukah lights, though the mitzvah is best performed with olive oil since the miracle in the Temple involved olive oil. If olive oil is not available, one should use any oil that provides a pure, clean light, or wax candles, which also give a pure […]
973. Women Working on Chanukah
by in
139:2 We do not fast during Chanukah, though one may deliver a eulogy or fast on the day before and the day after Chanukah. 139:3 Performing acts of labor is permitted on Chanukah, though women have the practice not to do work while the candles are burning (about half an hour – Mishnah Brurah 670:4); […]
972. Chanukah
by in
138:10 The practice is for the Chasan Torah and the Chasan Bereishis to pledge donations. They call all their friends for a joyous feast  to celebrate finishing the Torah and starting it again from the beginning.  This is based on a Midrash about the juxtaposition of “he will come to Jerusalem and will stand before […]
971. Chasan Torah, Chasan Bereishis
by in
138:8 On Simchas Torah day, the practice in many places is that the kohanim bless the congregation during the shacharis rather than musaf out of the concern that some of them may drink alcohol by the time musaf is recited. (In some places the kohanim duchen in musaf as per usual, but then they must […]