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 MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

A Superficial Light
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

The Light of Torah
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763

Unsolicited Advice
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Royalty and Redemption
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Light Up Right
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

ArtScroll

Tears
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

The Many Into The Hands of the Few
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

The World of Learning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Bit By Bit
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

The Lost Jewel
Shlomo Katz - 5765

A Higher Calling
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

> A Killing Prayer
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Hanukkah
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5775

Don't Be Jealous!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Waning or Waxing
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774



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