Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

The Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith As opposed to the other holidays and festivals which were already existent since Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish nation, the holidays of Purim and Chanukah were brought about through two wicked men, Haman and Antiochus. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that Purim and Chanukah have…

Lighting Chanukah Candles With Electric Bulbs

The Poskim in the last few generations have discussed whether or not one may fulfill the Mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles using electric light bulbs. This question is especially pertinent to those staying at a hotel during Chanukah and are the management does not permitted lighting a fire in one’s hotel room. May one simply…

Lighting the Chanukah Candles

The Mitzvah of Lighting Chanukah CandlesThere is a Mitzvah to light Chanukah candles throughout all eight nights of Chanukah (beginning from next Thursday night). The Sephardic custom is to light one set of Chanukah candles per house. The Ashkenazi custom, however, is that every member of the household lights his own Chanukah candles. The Amount…

Blessing for Hanukkah Candles

Happy Hanukkah Blessing for Hanukkah for You and Yours from Netzari Emunah Keter Shem Tob– Vol. II, pp. 515 – 516 In London and Amsterdam, the practice is to bless over lighting the candles by concluding with “to kindle the lamp of Hanukkah,” while the text in the Land of Israel and in Syria, Togarmah,…

Chanukah related lesson

We hope you enjoy this free BRI Chanukah publication which includes a Chanukah related lesson from Likutey Moharan, as well as several prayers relating to Chanukah. Enjoy!

Chanukah Candles

  The Proper Time for Lighting Chanukah Candles On Erev Shabbat Praying Mincha Before Lighting Candles On the Friday afternoon of Chanukah, it is preferable to pray Mincha before lighting the Chanukah candles. The reason for this is because the Mincha prayer was established in the place of the daily “Tamid” sacrifice that was brought…

A Guest On Motza’ei Shabbat Chanukah

Question: If one is staying as a guest at one’s parents’ or in-laws’ home for Shabbat Chanukah, where should one light Chanukah candles on Motza’ei Shabbat? Answer: Regarding a married individual who is staying as a guest at his father’s home, according to the Sephardic custom that only the head of the household lights Chanukah…

A Place With No Jewish Presence-A Military Base in a Far Off Place

In the previous Halachot we have discussed that according to the Sephardic custom, only the head of the household lights Chanukah candles with a blessing as opposed to the rest of the members of the household. For this reason, Sephardic Yeshiva students lodging at their Yeshiva for the duration of Chanukah should rely on the…

Parshas VAYEISHEV

Torah Reading: VAYEISHEV Gen. 37:1-40:23; Numbers 7:18-29. Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7.  B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 “FROM THE DEPTH OF HEBRON”: JACOB & HIS CHILDREN “These are the generations of Jacob. These are their dwellings and rollings (GILGULIM) until they came to a state of habitation (YISHUV). The first cause was that ‘Joseph was seventeen years old.’…

The Holiday of Chanukah

Since we are approaching the holiday of Chanukah, let us begin discussing some of its pertinent laws based on what we have written in previous years in addition to new some new ideas as well. When Chanukah Falls Out this Year The holiday of Chanukah lasts for eight days beginning from the 25th of Kislev,…