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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Hearing my beloved Chanukah songs from childhood brings back so many mixed emotions. Chsnukah should be left burning until they go out on their own. From then on, Jews have observed a holiday for eight days, in honor of this historic victory and the miracle of the oil.

This applies whether the menorah is placed next bracuot a doorway or by a window. This site takes me back to myself and my roots. This site uses cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. So says Eliyah Raba The primier is very good. Such concise and informative information.

Chanukah overview, Hanukkah: what is Hanukkah, when is Hanukkah, Menorah blessings, Candles

Now as a 75 yr old widow living alone, your article bought back beautiful memories of Chanukah with my loved ones. It’s Greek to Me.

Shining Light in All the Dark Corners. Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Sheh-he-che-yanu vi-kee-yimanu Vi-hee-gee-yanu laz-man chajukah. Others use a candle to light the wicks, then use that candle to light an oil shamash. Most of what I needed to know at my fingertips. Rabbi Zimmerman is not associated with this website. Watch animation of how to light the Menorah.


Thanks for this terrific guide to Chanuakh The most important thing is that that your candles must burn for at least 30 minutes after nightfall.

They are usually sung. Light the shammus candle first, then recite the blessings while holding the candle. Thank you for this guide to Chanukah!! Siddur Audio and its sister site, Haftorah Audio are great sources for learning the melodies of Jewish liturgy.

Keep this information coming, it is so refreshing and enjoyable and I wish to thank you most sincerely for everything. This is really excellent! Actually, it is even better to use olive oil, since the miracle of the Maccabees occurred with olive oil.

Thank you very much Rabbi Simmons for instilling in people like me, the beauty and wisdom toward the path to light. Click the music icons in the blessings below to hear the tune. When the Greeks challenged the Jews to sacrifice a pig to a Greek god, a few courageous Jews took to the hills of Judea in open revolt against this threat to Jewish life.

This is also the opinion of Sharei Knesset Hagedolah I will let my students listen to some of them. Those famous colored candles barely qualify! Towards a More Fruity Existence. They must burn for more than half an hour.

Rav Soloveitchik quoted in Nefesh HaRav p. The recording is designed for educational purposes, and is chanted at a very moderate pace with very clear enunciation. A non-stick frying pan and a splatter screen help. 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.

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The mezuzah is on the right side; in this way you are “surrounded by mitzvot. On the first night, when this is impossible, he made all three Brachot before lighting. Another version of dreidel is where players use pennies, nuts, raisins, or chocolate coins as tokens or chips. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication. 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, Shi-asa nee-seem la-avo-seinu, Baya-meem ha-haim baz-man ha-zeh. My Grandfather, the Walking Miracle. Chanukah Hanukkahthe Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and lasts for eight days.

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ABC’s of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

First light the Shamash, then recite the blessings, and then use the Shamash to light the Chanukah candle. Nonetheless, Mishna Brurah Suffice to say, I no longer follow Jewish Law as strictly as I had to. On the secular calendar, Chanukah generally falls out in December.

I will print this one and read it to my grandchildren. When soldiers would investigate, the children would pull out a dreidel and pretend to be playing. If you print it out, please treat it with appropriate respect.