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Chanukah

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series covers Chanukah.
1 Tevet 5771 listen Various Questions on Chanukah (11:48)
Does a wife away from home light if her husband lights at home? Can a child light on behalf of a parent? What does a family do when dad comes home after everyone is sleeping?
30 Kislev 5771 listen Husbands, Wives, and the Love of the Chanukah Miracle (14:55)
A husband is away in a place where other Jews are lighting. Is he yotzei by his wife's lighting? Also: why did chazal make a bracha on seeing Chanukah candles, unlike any other mitzvah?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:43a; Tosfot Sukkah 46a d.h. "HaRoeh"
29 Kislev 5771 listen Husband and Wife Lighting as One (15:59)
Do husband and wife automatically fulfill each others' Chanukah obligations, or must they explicitly intend to do so?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:43a
25 Kislev 5771 listen Making a Blessing on Chanukah Candles when Away from Home (15:41)
If your wife is lighting at home, you are away, and there are other Jews who have lit Chanukah candles that you can see, are you allowed to light with a bracha?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:43a
24 Kislev 5771 listen Lighting Away from Home (21:07)
When a husband is away from home, is is obligation fulfilled by his wife's lighting, or does he need to light his own candles?
Sources: OC 676:3; MB 676:5-6; OC 677:3; MB 677:14; OC 671:2; MB 671:9; Igros Moshe OC 5:43a
22 Kislev 5771 listen Is there a mitzvah to see Chanukah candles? (15:35)
Does a traveller need to light his own candles?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:43a; OC 677:3
17 Kislev 5771 listen Does a traveller light his own Chanukah candles? (17:24)
A traveller whose wife is lighting Chanukah candles for him at home still has mitzvot to do by lighting. What mitzvot and why?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:43a; Shabbat 23a
16 Kislev 5771 listen The Earliest Time to Light on Motzei Shabbos (15:35)
On Motzei Shabbos, the proper time to light is immediately after havdalah.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:62; Ran Shabbos 9a d.h. "Mitzvatah mi'she-tishka"
15 Kislev 5771 listen The Earliest Time to Light on Erev Shabbos (13:02)
Understanding Rav Moshe's chiddush in the time for Chanukah candles on Erev Shabbos.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:62; Ran Shabbos 9a d.h. "Mitzvatah mi'she-tishka"
11 Kislev 5771 listen Erev Shabbos: Chanukah Candles Immediately Prior to Shabbos Candles (15:01)
Rav Moshe's chiddush: on Shabbos Chanukah: light Chanukah candles immediately prior to Shabbos candles.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:62
10 Kislev 5771 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles Early on Fridays (15:50)
On Erev Shabbos, the time for lighting Chanukah candles is fixed by the onset of Shabbos, not by nightfall.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:62
9 Kislev 5771 listen Shkiya and Chanukah Candles (15:09)
"Sunset" is the time for lighting Chanukah candles. But when is sunset?
Sources: OC 679:1; OC 672:1; MB 672:1, Beur Halacha d.h. "Im sof skiyata"; Igros Moshe OC 4:62
10 Adar 5770 listen What if you forget Al HaNissim? (13:39)
What to do if you forget al hanissim in either the amidah or in birkat hamazon.
Sources: OC 682:1; MB 682:1-5
30 Kislev 5770 listen When there are two Shabbatot During Chanukah (6:44)
The haftarah for the second shabbos, the maftir, and more.
Sources: OC 684:1-3
29 Kislev 5770 listen Where should a student in a dorm light Chanukah candles? (13:39)
Living in a dorm means that you don't have your own space -- so where do you light to best fulfill the mitzvah of ner Chanukah?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:70c
28 Kislev 5770 listen Understanding Al HaNissim (13:29)
Insights into the Al HaNissim prayer for Chanukah.
24 Kislev 5770 listen She-Asah Nissim for the Time of Chanukah (16:27)
Various topics in aspects of the Chanukah blessings.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:20b
23 Kislev 5770 listen Perhaps we should make a Shehechiyanu for the day of Chanukah itself? (14:45)
Reasons to make a shehechiyanu.
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:20b
21 Kislev 5770 listen Chanukah: Shehechiyanu (14:52)
Do we make a shehechiyanu bracha on the day of Chanukah itself or just on the mitzvah of lighting the candles?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 5:20b
20 Kislev 5770 listen Chanukah: The Money Saved by Lighting with Forbidden Oil (14:04)
If forbidden oil is used to light the Chanukah candles, we save money in that we need not buy oil. Is this considered to be benefiting from the forbidden oil?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 1:191
17 Kislev 5770 listen Chanukah: "Recooking" Milk and Meat in Chanukah Oil (14:43)
Is there "recooking" in burning a cooked milk and meat mixture?
Sources: Pitchei Teshuva YD 87:4; Pri Megadim Ashel Avraham OC 673:1
16 Kislev 5770 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles with Forbidden Oil (2) (13:30)
Is the light from burning forbidden oil permitted for use or forbidden?
Sources: Baer Heitev 673:1; MB 687:2; Pitchei Teshuva YD 87:4
15 Kislev 5770 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles with Forbidden Oil (12:53)
What fuels (and wicks) can be used to light the Chanukah candles?
Sources: OC 673:1; Baer Heitev 673:1; YD 87:1
2 Tevet 5769 listen Learning from Chanukah Candles to Torah Reading (14:11)
We can put aside wax Chanukah candles to light olive oil instead. Can we put aside one sefer Torah to read from another?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 2:37
29 Kislev 5769 listen Where should we light the Chanukah candles in our times? (20:00)
Most of us don't light outside today. Where should we light?
Sources: Igros Moshe OC 4:125; Shar HaTziun 671:42
27 Kislev 5769 listen Why is Chanukah Eight Days? (9:24)
If one day's supply of oil burned for eight days, then there were only seven miraculous days -- the first day's supply was what was found. So why eight days of Chanukah instead of seven?
Sources: BY OC 470:1
25 Kislev 5769 listen Chanukah: Purity and Impurity (10:27)
What does it mean when we say in the Chanukah: story that "there was only one jug of 'pure' oil?
Sources: BY OC 470:1
20 Iyar 5768 listen Treating Mitzvot with Respect (16:04)
We must always regard mitzvot respectfully, never putting ourselves above a mitzvah.
Sources: Ch"A 68:2
3 Tevet 5768 listen Zot Chanukah (8:51)
On the eigth day of Chanukah, we read "Zot Chanukah", the dedication of the mishkan, including the lighting of the menorah. There is more to this then the obvious similarity of the events.
Sources: OC 684:1; Num. 7:22-8:4; Rashi, Num. 8:1; Yalkut Shimoni B'ha'alotcha 247:719
In memory of Moshe ben Chaim on the occasion of his 36th yahrzeit.
1 Tevet 5768 listen The Aliyot for Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (6:33)
On Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, we read from two sifrei Torah. But how do we divide up the aliyot between Rosh Chodesh and Chanukah? Also: what if we accidentally take out only one sefer Torah or begin reading from the wrong sefer Torah?
Sources: OC 684:3; MB 684:12-18; Beur Halacha d.h. "v'Im Ta'ah; v'Im Tzarich"
25 Kislev 5768 listen Oils and Wicks for Chanukah Candles (14:25)
Oils and wicks that are prohibited for shabbos candles are permissible for Chanukah candles. What is the difference between Chanukah and shabbos that we treat the halacha of their candles differently?
Sources: OC 673:1; MB 673:1
19 Kislev 5768 listen Chanukah and the Sale of Yosef (13:16)
While we don't know exactly when Yosef was sold into slavery, there are hints that he was sold on Chanukah.
Sources: Gen. 37:24-26; Shabb. 22a; Sofrim 18:3; Ps. 30; Mal. 3:14
5 Tevet 5767 listen Facing East to Daven (11:50)
In general, when we rise for the amidah we turn toward Jerusalem, which in the US means facing East. But we may also face South -- toward the Menorah, or North, toward the Table. Just what is this directionality about?
Sources: Bava Batra 25b; OC 94:1-2; MB 94:1-2
1 Tevet 5767 listen Where (Not) to Place Chanukah Candles on Erev Shabbos (8:32)
On Erev Shabbos -- and even on a weekday -- one should take care not to place Chanukah candles where they may be blown out by the wind.
Sources: OC 680:1-2; MB 680:1,3-4
29 Kislev 5767 listen Torah Readings on Chanukah, Shabbos Chanukah, and Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (11:09)
What is the Torah reading for Chanukah and why? What do we read on shabbos? Rosh Chodesh?
Sources: OC 684:1-2; MB 684:1-2,5,7
28 Kislev 5767 listen Reciting Hallel on Chanukah (8:12)
Chanukah is a holiday of thanks and praise expressed by, among other things, the daily recitation of Hallel.
Sources: OC 683:1; MB 683:1
27 Kislev 5767 listen Al HaNissim for Chanukah (13:42)
Why doesn't al hanisim mention the nes of the oil? Adding al hanissim to birkat hamazon and the amidah; what if you forget al hanissim?
Sources: OC 682:1-2; MB 682:1-4,6
24 Kislev 5767 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles at Home (14:48)
Today, we in the US generally don't put our Chanukah candles outside. But they should be placed in a window nonetheless. Where is the best place to put them?
Sources: OC 671:6,8; MB 671:26-28,30,50,54
Dedicated for zechus for the release of captive Israeli soldiers.
22 Kislev 5767 listen When the First Night of Chanukah Falls on Erev Shabbos (15:37)
When lighting Chanukah candles before Shabbos, it is best to daven Mincha first -- especially if it's the first night. Why? And what if you can't?
Sources: OC 672:1; OC 679:1; MB 679:1-2; Shaar HaTzium 679:7
Dedicated for chizuk for Oritte bat Aliza.
21 Kislev 5767 listen Placing the Chanukah Candles in Public View (13:03)
Where is the best place to light your Chanukah candles?
Sources: OC 671:5; MB 671:21,24-25
20 Kislev 5767 listen Chanukah Candles: The Difference Between a "Candle" and a "Flame" (13:16)
Each Chanukah candle must be separate and distinct, and all must stand in a row, none more or less important than another.
Sources: OC 671:4; MB 671:14-15,18-19
18 Kislev 5767 listen The Mystical Origins of Chanukah (16:21)
Chanukah has mystical origins that go all the way back to Creation. In fact, Chanukah is woven into the very fabric of the universe.
Sources: Midrash Tanhuma B'ha'alatcha 5; Gen. 32:25; Rashi to Gen. 32:25; Chul. 91a; Av.Zar. 8a; Gen. 1:3; Rashi to Gen. 1:4; Num. 33:29; Chag. 12a
Dedicated in honor of Rabbi Joseph Hager.
16 Kislev 5767 listen The Essence of Chanukah (13:15)
Why is Chanukah the only holiday where there is no festive meal? What does the joy of Chanukah celebrate?
Sources: OC 670:2; MB 670:6,9
15 Kislev 5767 listen Aspects of Chanukah (16:14)
Various lesser-known aspects of Chanukah: prohibitions on eulogies and fasting; women's freedom from work while the candles are burning; the courageous acts of Yehudit, the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, and more.
Sources: OC 670:1-3; MB 670:3-5,7,10,12
14 Kislev 5767 listen What is Chanukah? (12:50)
The introduction to Chanukah as brought in the Mishnah Brurah.
Sources: OC 670:1; MB 670:1
29 Kislev 5766 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles on Motzei Shabbos (7:23)
Which mitzvah comes first, Chanukah candles or Havdala?
Sources: OC 681:2; MB 681:2,3
28 Kislev 5766 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles on Erev Shabbos (5:53)
Which are lit first, Chanukah candles or Shabbos candles?
Sources: OC 679:1; MB 679:2
27 Kislev 5766 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles in Synagogue at Shacharit (6:00)
Sources: Ta'amei HaMinhagim; Ex. 30:7; MT Tmid. u'Mus. 3:10; Encyclopedia Talmudit
26 Kislev 5766 listen Lighting Chanukah Candles in Synagogue (6:04)
Sources: OC 671:7; MB 677:2-3
22 Kislev 5766 listen Who is obligated to light Chanukah candles? (10:23)
Women, guests, and Chanukah candles. Are women obligated to light Chanukah candles? Why or why not?
Sources: Shabb. 23a; OC 675:3; OC 677:1-2; MB 677:2-3
21 Kislev 5766 listen The Blessings Over the Chanukah Candles (9:11)
What blessings are recited over the Chanukah candles and why?
Sources: Shabb. 23a; OC 676:1; Shaarei Teshuva 676:1; MB 676:1
22 Kislev 5766 listen Chanukah: Hallel and Al HaNissim (1:26:06)
20 Kislev 5766 listen The Haftara for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (10:55)
Which Haftara portion is read on Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Chanukah? Why?
19 Kislev 5766 listen The Importance of Chanukah Candles (10:15)
If you only have enough money for Chanukah candles or Shabbos candles, which takes precedence? What about candles vs. Kiddush wine?
Sources: OC 671:1; MB 671:1-3; Shabb. 23b; OC 678:1; MB 678:4
18 Kislev 5766 listen How many Chanukah candles are lit? (10:34)
We all light one candle on the first day and add one each day, but is that the mitzvah?
15 Kislev 5766 listen What if you didn't or can't light Chanukah candles on time? (9:03)
Sources: Shabb. 21b Tosefos d.h. "D'i lo idlik madlik"; OC 672:2; MB 672:4; Shaar HaTziun 672:17
14 Kislev 5766 listen What is the latest time to light Chanukah candles? (Part 2) (8:06)
Sources: Shabb. 21a; OC 672:2; MB 672 ad locum
13 Kislev 5766 listen What is the earliest time to light Chanukah candles? (Part 1) (6:27)
Sources: Shabb. 21a; OC 672:1; MB 672 ad locum

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