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Chanukah (Hanukkah), the Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. On the secular. Lighting Chanukah Candles. This is the approved revision of this page, as well as being the most recent. A Chanukkiya lit on the eighth night. These blessings are recited before the lighting of the Hanukkah candles. The traditional Hanukkah candle lighting service consists of saying all three blessings .

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Watch animation of how to light the Menorah.

ABC’s of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Brxchot the remaining nights, one says only two Brachotleaving out Shehechiyanu. The Beginning of Potential. If for some reason the menorah cannot be lit by a window, it may be lit inside the house on a table; this at least fulfills the mitzvah of “publicizing the miracle” for the members of the household.

Jewish fighters entered Jerusalem and found the Holy Chankuah in shambles and desecrated with idols. The recording is designed for educational purposes, and is chanted at a very moderate pace with very clear enunciation.

The menorah can still be lit with the blessings late into the night, as long as people are still awake.

And since the menorah needs to burn for 30 minutes into the night, the candles used on Friday need to be bigger than the regular “colored candles” which typically don’t burn longer than a half-hour. From then on, Jews have observed a holiday for eight days, in honor of this historic victory and the miracle of the oil.

Towards a More Fruity Existence. At this time I live alone and I will dance the Hora my cane is my partner: An exhaust fan in the window is helpful, and two spatulas for turning are helpful. Shalom and best wishes to all for a joyous and healthy Chanukah. In times of persecution when Torah study was forbidden, Jewish children would learn anyway.


Sefardi tradition has just one menorah per family.

Dec 31 23 Tevet Torah Portion. Its also important to have our children relate to this holiday in a meaningful way. Alternatively, you can play where everyone spins their own dreidel simultaneously.

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Chanukah overview, Hanukkah: what is Hanukkah, when is Hanukkah, Menorah blessings, Candles

Many thanks for this site and a special mitzvah for BT’s Latke recipe. Most Popular In Chanukah.

One candle is added to the menorah each night. The shammus candle is lit first. This began to decay the foundation of Jewish life and practice. Each player puts an equal share into the “pot. Very nice explanation,just one question,I just start using oil and its little hard for shamash to light the othere ones apparently either the oil pours out or the fire doesn’t reach ,any sugestion? Rabbi Zimmerman is not associated with this website.

Dont get me wrong, a days worth of oil burning for eight days is indeed a miraculous event, but the implication of the gemara brschot is not what happened. chajukah

Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Sheh-he-che-yanu vi-kee-yimanu Vi-hee-gee-yanu laz-man ha-zeh. Back Site Map Next. Fry in a quarter inch of bland oil, by flattened spoonfuls, both sides, bracyot rush, and wash down with sparkling cider. It is best to light in the presence of many people, which maximizes the mitzvah of “publicizing the miracle” and adds to the family atmosphere.

This applies whether the menorah is placed next to a doorway or by a window. Although I, myself, am a Christian, I wanted to learn as much as I could about Chanukah, so I could teach my students the wonderful miracle of God! Here is a video of the first paragraph: Do not light the other candles until the blessings are done! They must burn for more than half an hour. Rabbi Shraga Simmons has done it again. Thanks for this terrific guide to Chanukah! On the first night, place one candle at the far right, as you face the cchanukah.


The preferable time to light the menorah is at nightfall.

Judaism Chanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings

Led by Matitiyahu, and later his son Judah the Maccabee, this small band of pious Jews led guerrilla warfare against the Syrian-Greek army. Btachot first night, you light only the shammus the one at a different height and one Chanukkah candle. By the eighth night, you light all of the candles.

On the first night, when chznukah is impossible, he made all three Brachot before lighting. This is really excellent! A Match Made in Heaven. The Miracle of Jewish History. Vi-chol shmonat ye-mey Chanukah Ha-nerot ha-lalu kodesh heim, Ve-ein lanu reshut li-heesh-tamesh ba-hem Ela leer-otam bilvad Kedai le-hodot u-li-hallel li-shimcha Al ni-secha vi-al niflo-techa vi-al yeshua-techa.

See animation at right. Top 10 Jokes about Chelm. The Battle for Beauty. Why Celebrate in the Dead of Winter? Siddur Audio and its sister site, Haftorah Audio are great sources for learning the chanuiah of Jewish liturgy.