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Why do some people have the custom to say, in the blessing on the Chanukah lights, the word "Shel" before "Chanukah" and some do not? And I have been told some people put the words together as "SHELCHANUKAH": why is that?

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The together version is based on parallel constructs in tanach such as Shir HaShirim 3:7 (he.wikisource.org/wiki/…). I don't know why one would prefer one construction over the other though. – Double AA Dec 26 '11 at 5:30
I just asked for reason not what is proper – simchastorah Dec 27 '11 at 0:15
up vote 14 down vote accepted

As with most issues of nusach, the proper one for you is whichever one your parents or teachers taught you.

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 676:1) has it without של, but Mishnah Berurah there comments that the Gemara and Poskim include this word, and Maharshal argues that the correct version is שלחנוכה (as one word).

There is a good summary of the various opinions, with sources, in Dayan Raskin's notes on the Siddur of R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi, here (note 8).

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For clarity, in the one word version, the lamed has a patach under it to make it shelachanuka not shelchanuka with a sheva. – Double AA Nov 30 '11 at 20:29
Administrative note: This was posted as an answer to another question and merged hither. – msh210 Dec 26 '11 at 23:20
@msh210 +1 for "hither" – Double AA Dec 27 '11 at 6:01

Magen Avrohom siman 676 says SHELCHANKAH (no space)

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Avrohom H., happy Chanuka! Thank you for this sourced answer and welcome to the site: I hope you stick around and enjoy it. Registering your username will afford you a better site experience. – msh210 Dec 26 '11 at 15:31

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