Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 139:12
Chanukah

12. On the first night, before kindling [the menorah], one should recite three blessings:
a) "L'hadlik [ner (shel Chanukah),]" ("[He gave us the mitzvah] to light the Chanukah candles").
b) "She'osoh nissim la'avoseinu..." ("He performed miracles for our forefathers").
c) "Shehecheyonu." On the subsequent nights, one does not recite "Shehecheyonu."

After reciting the blessings, one should light the first candle. Then, one should recite the passage "Haneiros hallolu" while one is lighting the other candles (1).

A convert should [slightly alter the second blessing, saying "...she'osoh nissim le'Yisroel" ("who performed miracles for Israel") [rather than "...who performed miracles for our forefathers"]. If he said the [regular form], "she'osoh nissim la'avoseinu," he fulfills his obligation (2).

[The following rules pertain to] an "onen" (one who has lost close relative who has not yet been buried, see Chapter 196). If there is another person present, the other person should kindle the Chanukah lights with the blessings, and [the "onen"] should respond "Amen." If there is no one else present, he should kindle the Chanukah lights himself without reciting the blessings.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) In his Piskei Siddur, Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi mentions that the custom is to recite this passage after kindling all the lights. The Mishnah Berurah 676:8 cites both opinions.

(2) From the statements of the Mishnah Berurah 675:14, it appears that, at the outset, a convert should say "she'osoh nissim la'avoseinu."

 

Back Paragraph 11 Table of Contents Paragraph 13 Next 

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2003 Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

An Eloquent Silence
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Tribes & Elders Given The Royal Treatment At Elim
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Mazal Tov!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

ArtScroll

Well-Bread Jews
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Spiritual and Physical
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Was It Really Fair-oh?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Planting Our Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Complaining About The Quality Of The Miracle
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Jewish Survival
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

> The Essence of Song
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Like Manna from Heaven
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

A Cry from the Heart
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Rough Beginnings
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

So Much for Miracles
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Enjoy the Ride
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Nature is Miraculous
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information