Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 139:17
Chanukah

17. On Friday afternoon, one should light the Chanukah candles before the Shabbos candles (1). One must kindle [the Chanukah candles] after "Plag Haminchah" (2). The afternoon service ("mincha") should be recited first (3).

One must place enough oil [in the menorah] so that the candles will burn for half an hour after the appearance of the stars (4). If one has not done so, the blessings recited are considered to be blessings recited in vain ("bracha le'vatalah"). If one lights [the menorah] in a doorway, one should place something between it and the door, so that the wind does not extinguish it when the door is opened and closed.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Obviously, all this must be done before sunset, when the prohibitions of Shabbos begin. One should light the Chanukah candles immediately before lighting the Shabbos candles, so that one is lighting the Chanukah candles as close as possible to sunset (without, of course, risking a violation of Shabbos).

(2) "Plag Haminchah" is an hour and fifteen minutes before the appearance of the stars. This time period is measured according to the concept of "sha'os zemanios" ("seasonal hours"). The length of each "seasonal hour" is calculated by totaling the number of minutes from dawn ("alos ha'shachar") until the appearance of 3 stars ("tzeis ha'kochavim"), and then dividing it by twelve (some total the minutes from sunrise ("neitz") to sunset ("sh'kia")) (See HY:139:10 for a discussion of the correct time for lighting Chanukah candles).

(3) If one cannot find an earlier "minyan", one should preferably pray "mincha" with a "minyan" after lighting the Chanukah candles, rather than praying beforehand alone (Halachos of Chanukah by Rav Shimon Eider, pg 41).

(4) See HY 139:10 for more details.

 

Back Paragraph 16 Table of Contents Paragraph 18 Next 

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2003 Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

The Spiritual Effect of Tasting the Manna
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Nature is Miraculous
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

It's Raining Bread!
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Rough Beginnings
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

Planting Our Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

The Two Loaves
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

An Investment In Our Future
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Never Forget
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

A Seamless Integration On A Higher Plane
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

> Separating the Men From the Boys
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Spiritual and Physical
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

How to Always Be Happy
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

ArtScroll

Dignity and Differences
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

We Pay for Everything
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

The Essence of Song
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Leaving Egypt - No Regrets
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765



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