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Hanukkah, a holiday commemorating the miracles surrounding the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE

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The shamash only needs to be noticeably separated from the other candles. It doesn't need to be in the center or on the side, even. I have a menorah which has a back panel and the shamash hangs from t …
answered Nov 16 '17 by DanF
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I have seen the 2nd version in Chabad and a few other Nusach Sefard texts. From what I have heard from a few sources - Chabad people as well as several of my rebbei'm, there is some objection to attr …
answered Dec 18 '14 by DanF
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A menorah that is lit for decoration does not get any blessing, as you are not performing any mitzvah. An analogy (somewhat) is that in many shuls, a menorah is lit during the day, but, as there is no …
answered Dec 19 '17 by DanF
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In short, the mitzvah to light has already been fulfilled by your wife, assuming she's Jewish, as per answers and comments to this question, and you have already gained the mitzvah via your wife's lig …
answered Dec 18 '14 by DanF
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The connection to the tribal offerings to Chanukah is in the use of the term Chanukat Hamiuzbe'ach as seen in Bemidbar 7:11."Chanukah" means "dedication", and on the actual Chanukah, in a sense, the B …
answered Dec 24 '17 by DanF
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In addition to the answers above, perhaps I can summarize things in terminology. As stated, the term "festival" or "holiday" doesn't translate well into a specific Hebrew word, when discussing the "im …
answered Aug 21 '15 by DanF
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home, have a small meal, light chanuka candles, and return to the wedding. (4) Piskei Teshuvot 677:5 (pg 499) rules that if it’s difficult to leave the wedding the groom may light at the …
answered Dec 17 '14 by DanF
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Supplemental to the answer, above, that lists the specific years, here's the general scenario: The months of Cheshvan and Kislev can have either 29 or 30 days, each, and there are 3 configurations. T …
answered Dec 22 '14 by DanF
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See Beur Halacha on O.C. 571:1. He cites the Gemarah (I don't recall where in the Gemarah this is mentioned) that says the mitzvah is to have one candle each night, and that suffices for himself and h …
answered Dec 12 '17 by DanF
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The verses regarding the mitzvah of counting read: Leviticus 23:15-16: וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּחֳרַ֣ת הַשַּׁבָּ֔ת מִיּוֹם֙ הֲבִ֣יאֲכֶ֔ם אֶת־עֹ֖מֶר הַתְּנוּפָ֑ה שֶׁ֥בַע שַׁבָּת֖וֹת תְּמִימֹ֥ת …
answered Apr 2 '15 by DanF
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From dinonline.org Can a goy light the Chanukah candles? Answer: A non-Jew cannot light the Chanukah candles (on behalf of a Jew), because he is not obligated in performing the mitzvah …
answered Nov 23 '16 by DanF
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Sha'arei Teshuva on O.C. 671 sk 14 says that if one has lit at home first, said Shehechiyanu and then lights in shul, he should say Shehechiyanu in shul. However, if he lit in shul first and said Sheh …
answered Dec 20 '16 by DanF
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According to Rabbi Shlomo Fisher on ohr.edu, someone flying is exempt from lighting, because the rule is one candle per household ("נר איש וביתו;" Shabbos 21b); and if there's no one at home then ther …
answered Dec 15 '14 by DanF
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Adding to Gershon's answer, there's probably a good reason as to why only 1 aliyah is given from the 2nd Torah. There are two rules regarding reading aliyot: 1 - At least 3 verses must be read 2 - A …
answered Jun 17 '19 by DanF
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See Ba'er Hetev (par. 1) on O.C. 423:1 The general rule is that any time Musaf is said that day, Kaddish Titkabel is said after Hallel, because this marks the end of Shacharit. We deduce from this, …
answered Dec 27 '16 by DanF

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