Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 139:18
Chanukah

18. On Saturday night, Havdallah is recited first (after praying "Maariv"), and then the Chanukah lights are kindled (1). In the synagogue, [the Chanukah lights] should be kindled before reciting the passage "V'yiten Lecho."

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Many authorities rule to the contrary, that is, on Motzei Shabbos, the Chanukah lights are kindled first and then Havdallah is recited. They provide two reasons for this ruling:

a) Doing so will delay the act of parting from Shabbos, which Havdallah signifies (It is important to note that even after the appearance of three stars after Shabbos, one may not perform an activity which is prohibited on Shabbos, until after one has recited the prayer "Ata Chonantanu" in the Maariv Sh'mone Esrei, or until one has said the words "Baruch HaMavdil Bein Kodesh Le'Chol").

b) The act of publicizing the miracle of Chanukah ("pirsumei nisah") should come before the recitation of Havdallah.

Those who rule that Havdallah comes first hold that the mitzvah which is performed more frequently always takes precedence ("Todir Ve'eino Todir, Todir Kodem").

In Synagogue, the custom is to light the Chanukah candles before Havadallah. When at home, one should conduct oneself according to one's own minhag. If one doesn't have a minhag, one should perform Havdallah first and then kindle the Chanukah lights (Halachos of Chanukah by Rav Shimon Eider, pg 44, based on Aruch Hashulcan 681:2).

 

Back Paragraph 17 Table of Contents Paragraph 19 Next 

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2003 Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON YISRO AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

What's News
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Save the Work!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

A Final Solution
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

ArtScroll

What is Tu B'Shvat?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Standing on One Foot
Shlomo Katz - 5759

The Importance of Trees
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

"Lo Sachmod": Two Approaches
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Shabbos Speak
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

The Giving and Living of Torah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Looking for a Chavrusah?

G-d Cares
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Most Favored Nation
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Torah from Heaven
Shlomo Katz - 5774

> The Naming Sequence of Moshe's Sons Seems Out of Order
Rav Frand - 5768

A Divine Presence of Mind
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Ten Commandments: Ten of the Best!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Earth-Shaking Event
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



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