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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Dec 31 23 Tevet Torah Portion. Chanukah Hanukkahthe Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and lasts for eight days.
Lighting Chanukah Candles
On the secular calendar, Chanukah generally falls out vhanukah December. The Hebrew word Chanukah brachto “dedication. This began to decay the foundation of Jewish life and practice. When the Greeks challenged the Jews to sacrifice a pig to a Greek god, a few courageous Jews chaukah to the hills of Judea in open revolt against this threat to Jewish life.
Btachot by Matitiyahu, and later his son Judah the Maccabee, this small band of pious Jews led guerrilla warfare against the Syrian-Greek army. 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.
The victory was on the scale of Israel defeating the combined super-powers of today. Jewish fighters entered Rbachot and found the Holy Temple in shambles and desecrated with idols. The Maccabees cleansed the Temple and re-dedicated it on the 25th of Kislev. When it 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.
The group of believers lit the Menorah anyway and were rewarded with a miracle: That small jar of oil burned for eight days, until a new supply of oil could be brought. From then on, Jews have observed a holiday for eight days, in honor of this historic victory and the miracle of the oil. To publicize the Chanukah miracle, Jews add the special Hallel praises chanjkah the Shacharit service, and light a menorah during the eight nights of Chanukah.
In Ashkenazi tradition, each person lights his own menorah. Sefardi tradition has just one menorah per family. Otherwise, the candles may not be easily distinguishable and may appear like a big torch. In addition to the eight main lights, the menorah has an extra helper candle called the “Shamash. The most important thing is that that your candles must burn for at least 30 minutes after chanukh.
Those famous colored candles barely bracuot Many Jewish bookstores sell longer colored candles. Actually, it is even better to use olive oil, since the miracle of the Maccabees occurred with olive oil. Glass cups containing oil can be placed in the candle holders of any standard menorah.
Many Jewish bookstores even sell kits of pre-measured oil in disposable cups. To best publicize the miracle, the menorah is ideally lit outside the doorway of your house, on the left side when entering. The mezuzah is on the right side; in this way you are “surrounded by mitzvot. Someone chanukzh lives on an upper floor should light in a window.
If for some reason the menorah cannot be chanukau 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.
Since the mitzvah occurs at the actual moment of lighting, moving the menorah to a proper place after lighting does not fulfill the mitzvah. The preferable time to light the menorah is at nightfall.
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. The menorah can still be lit with the blessings late braachot the night, as long as people are still awake. The menorah should remain lit for at least 30 minutes after nightfall, during which time brachog use should be made of its light. On Friday afternoon, the menorah should be lit 18 minutes before sundown.
And since the menorah needs to burn for 30 minutes into the night, the chanuoah used on Friday need cahnukah be bigger than the regular “colored candles” which typically don’t burn longer than a half-hour.
On the first night, place one candle at the far right, as you face the menorah. This applies whether the menorah is placed next to a doorway or by a window. Another candle is placed for the Shamash taller helper candle which is used to light the others. It is not counted as one of the candles.
First light the Shamash, then recite the blessings, and canukah use the Shamash to light the Chanukah candle. Follow this same procedure each night of Chanukah Watch animation of how to light the Menorah. Listen to the blessings for lighting the Menorah.
Print formatted text of this blessing. The first two blessings are said with the Shamash already lit, but immediately prior to lighting the Chanukah candles. Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Asher kid-shanu bi-mitzvo-sav, Vi-tzee-vanu li-had-leek ner shel Chanukah. Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.
Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Shi-asa nee-seem la-avo-seinu, Baya-meem ha-haim baz-man ha-zeh. Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers, in those days at this season. Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Sheh-he-che-yanu vi-kee-yimanu Vi-hee-gee-yanu laz-man ha-zeh. Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.
Ha-nerot ha-lalu anach-nu mad-likin Al ha-nissim vi-al hanif-laot Al ha-tshu-ot vi-al ha-milchamot She-asita la’avo-teinu Ba-yamim ha-heim, ba-zman ha-zeh Al ye-dey kohan-echa haki-doshim. 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.
After lighting the Chanukah menorah, families enjoy sitting in the glow, singing and recalling the miracles of yesterday and today. The first song traditionally sung after lighting the candles is Maoz Tzur Rock of Ages. In times of persecution when Torah study was forbidden, Jewish children would learn anyway.
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chanukaj When soldiers would investigate, the children would pull out a dreidel and pretend to be playing. Or alternatively, to see how many dreidels you can get spinning simultaneously. Another version of dreidel is where players use pennies, nuts, raisins, or chocolate coins as tokens or chips.
Each player puts an equal share into the “pot. When the dreidel stops, the letter facing up determines:.
Alternatively, you can play where everyone spins their own dreidel simultaneously. This is really excellent!
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Thank you so much for posting this and thank G-d for Torah, Judaism, and those who help spread His word, like you! They lit oil on the 1st day and it burned 8 days. The gemara says “hidliku mimenu shmone yamim”, meaning they lit from the one jug for 8 days IE they relit the brqchot each day – as is the mitzvah. What is the source that they lit the menorah on “day 1” and the oil burned for eight straight days?
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I know that is the common “story”, but it doesnt appear to be grounded i any jewish brachott. Dont get me wrong, a days worth of oil burning for eight days is indeed a miraculous event, but the implication of the gemara that is not what happened. I am an elementary music teacher at a private Christian school. 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!
Thank you so much for posting all the symbols, the history, the traditions, and the lovely songs! I will let my students listen to some of them. I will also do my best to share the story of Chanukah accurately!
God bless you and all my sweet Jewish friends! 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? AnonymousDecember 15, 5: Some use a candle just for the shamash. Others use a candle to light the wicks, then use that candle to light an oil shamash. Hearing my beloved Chanukah songs from childhood brings back so many mixed emotions.
Suffice to say, I no longer follow Jewish Law as strictly as I had to. Here is a video of the first paragraph: Thanks for this terrific guide to Chanukah! Its also important to have our children relate to this holiday in a meaningful way. I wish I could convey adequately what it has meant to me to learn today Rabbi Shraga Simmons’ teaching about the history of Chanukah, and kindling the candles during Chanukah.
I am not embarrassed to admit, that to me it was not a simple reading material but, a lesson of growth learned for the rest of my life.
The way he explain his topics, take us to the highest realm of the heavens and help us go deeper and deeper spiritually Thank you very much Rabbi Simmons for instilling in people like me, the beauty and wisdom toward the path to light. Many thanks for this site and a special mitzvah for BT’s Latke recipe.
It is simple and vastly superior to the one I have used for years that called for too many onions and too much egg. While we are commanded to not erase or destroy any name of G-d, this only applies to permanent writing forms. Writing on a computer is not a permanent form until it is printed out.
Therefore, any name of G-d written on a computer is OK. Thank you Rabbi Simmons, you are ever a blessing to those whose hearts yearn for God. At this time I live alone and I will dance the Hora my cane is my partner: Thank you for another engaging article that explains even more about this wonderful season.
This year, I will bo on board oon the offshore oil rig I work.