Monday, November 26, 2012

Halocho #990 - What time does one light the Chanuka Menora?

On Motzai Shabbat - the first and last nights of Chanuka this year - one lights the Chanuka Menora after Shabbat ends.

  • The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says one should first make Havdala and then light the Chanuka Menora.
  • Some have the custom of lighting the Chanuka Menora before making Havdala, since one already heard Havdala in shul. (Source: רמ"א 581:2)
On weekdays - Sunday through Thursday - the Chanuka Menora should be lit at nightfall.
  • There are 2 opinions regarding nightfall: Some say it refers to dusk, other say it refers to 3 stars appearing (like Motzai Shabbat). Everybody should follow their family custom.
On Friday afternoon one lights the Chanuka Menora before lighting Shabbat candles.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139

- Danny
12 Kislev 5773

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