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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Nonetheless, Mishna Brurah Some use a candle just for the shamash.

Judaism Chanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings

Thank you so much for posting all the symbols, the history, the traditions, and the lovely songs! This began to decay the foundation of Jewish life and practice. However, Bach in name of the Maharash says not to say Shehecheyanu the second night. Suffice to say, I no longer follow Jewish Law as strictly as I had to.

This site takes me back to myself and my roots. Click the music icons in the blessings below to hear the tune. The Maccabees cleansed the Temple and re-dedicated it on the 25th of Kislev. By the eighth night, you light all of the candles. However, see also the Sefer Pardes Rabbenu Asher Ben Chaim pg 66 who says one can chanukau it as long as the candles are burning.

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ABC’s of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

One candle is added to the menorah each night. In addition to the eight main lights, the menorah has an extra helper candle called the “Shamash.

Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Cchanukah has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season. On the secular calendar, Chanukah generally falls out in December. Our editor needs it in case we have nrachot question about your comment.


The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication. An Open Letter to a Jewish Singles. Amein Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. When bfachot came time to re-light the Menorah, they searched the entire Temple, but found only one jar of pure oil bearing the seal of the High Priest.

If you keep the small colored candles in the freezer until you put them in the menora, they will burn much longer. An exhaust fan in the window is helpful, and two spatulas for turning are helpful.

So, these instructions helped me a lot, and I will light up the candles in the middle of the ocean, thks brafhot the rabbi! The preferable time to light the menorah is bracoht nightfall.

Otherwise, the candles may not be easily distinguishable and may appear like a big torch. Iron Lady of the Middle East. The Rambam Chanukah 3: Watch animation of how to light the Menorah. Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers, in those days at this season. Antiochus sent thousands of well-armed troops to crush the rebellion, but after three years the Maccabees beat incredible odds and miraculously succeeded in driving the foreigners from their land.

While we are commanded to not erase or destroy any name of G-d, this only applies to permanent writing forms.

A non-stick frying pan and a splatter screen help. Fry in a quarter inch of bland oil, by flattened spoonfuls, both sides, don’t rush, and wash down with sparkling cider.


Lighting Chanukah Candles

First light the Shamash, then recite the blessings, and then use the Shamash to light the Chanukah candle. I know that is the common “story”, but it doesnt appear to be grounded i any jewish source. This was a well written article, detailed interesting and I give it 4 stars and 2 thumbs up I don’t live the Jewish traditions on a daily basis but on special occasions, it feels so right to me to enjoy my religion and it’s beautiful ways.

A Match Made in Heaven. Why Celebrate in the Dead of Winter? And its always been difficult to explain the holiday to others. Others use a candle to light the wicks, then use that candle to light an oil shamash.

I was asked for a transliteration of the brachot – this web page provided everthing that I need. It’s Greek to Me. They lit oil on the 1st day and it burned 8 days. Thank you Rabbi Simmons, you are ever a blessing to those whose hearts yearn for God. On the other hand, the Maharam cited by Hagahot Maimoniyot 3: Retrieved from ” https: This site uses cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience.

After celebrating more than 55 chanukahs, I’m still not sure of all the details of the story – whether it was syrians or greeks, and the “official” rules for spinning dreidel.

Hearing my beloved Chanukah songs from childhood brings back so many mixed emotions.