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Chanuka (chah-noo-kah) — lit., Dedication; 8-day minor holiday celebrating Jews' victory over Greeks
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Chanuka Candles: Meaning
Chanuka: Candles: Meaning
The reason for lighting Chanuka candles is to publicize the Chanuka...
Introduction to Chanuka
Introduction to Chanuka
Chanuka commemorates the miracle of God's saving the Jews during...
Chanuka: Candles: What To Light
Chanuka: Candles: What To Light: Menora Shape
All eight candle holders of a chanuka menora must be on the...
Chanuka: Background
Chanuka: Main Miracle
The main miracle of Chanuka was in defeating the Greeks; the...
Chanuka: Background
Chanuka: Why Asher Kidshanu
Chazal have the authority to make laws, so we say “Who...
Chanuka: Candles: How Many To Light
Chanuka: Candles: One per House
The basic commandment is for one Chanuka candle to be lit per house...
Chanuka: Candles: How Many To Light
Chanuka: Candles: One Shamash per Area
You only need one service ( shamash) candle for any amount of Chanuka...
Chanuka: Customs
Chanuka: Customs: Foods
It is a non-binding custom to eat potato pancakes (latkes) on Chanuka...
When Shiv’a Resumes
When Shiv'a Resumes: Chanuka
Shiva is not interrupted for Chanuka.
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Light for Yourself
Light Chanuka candles for yourself, even if there are no other people...
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Obligation for Women To Light
Women, like men, are required to light Chanuka candles or have them...
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Who May Light
Anyone in the household who has reached bar or bat mitzva age can...
Chanuka: Candles: Who Should Light
Chanuka: Candles: Wife May Light for Husband
A wife may light Chanuka candles for her husband if he is not home....
Chanuka: Candles: Where To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Light in Own Home, Except...
Light Chanuka candles in your own house, unless you are not in the...
Chanuka: Candles: Where To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Place Anywhere
You may place Chanuka candles anywhere (but they should be lit...
Chanuka: Hallel
Chanuka: Hallel on Rosh Chodesh
When Chanuka coincides with Rosh Chodesh , say full hallel (as is...
Chanuka: Candles: When To Light
Chanuka: Candles: If You Fell Asleep before Lighting
Wake up sometime during the night and light the Chanuka candles if you...
Chanuka: Candles: When To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Latest Time To Light
Latest time to light Chanuka candles: 102 minutes before sunrise (so...
Chanuka: Candles: When To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Light After Dark
Chanuka candles should be lit after dark (except on Fridays)....
Chanuka: Candles: How Long Must Burn
Chanuka: Candles: Must Burn 30 Minutes
Chanuka candles must burn for at least 30 minutes after dark.  
Chanuka: Candles: How Long Must Burn
Chanuka: Candles: Relighting Candle that Blew Out
You do not need to relight Chanuka candles that blew out after having...
Chanuka: Candles: How Long Must Burn
Chanuka: Candles: Relighting Candle That Burned Out
A Chanuka candle (or candles) that is expected to burn for at least 30...
Chanuka: Candles: What You May Do While…
Chanuka: Candles: Do Not Use Light
You may not use light from Chanuka candles for any purpose (do not...
Chanuka: Candles: What You May Do While…
Chanuka: Candles: No Work While Candles Burning
Do not do any “work” while the Chanuka candles are...
Chanuka: Candles: How To Light
Chanuka Candles: Light Left to Right; Add Right to Left
Light Chanuka candles from left to right, as you face it, not as it...
Chanuka: Candles: How To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Lighting on Friday
On Friday of Chanuka , light Shabbat candles after Chanuka candles;...
Chanuka: Candles: How To Light
Chanuka: Candles: SheHecheyanu on Later Days
Say she’hecheyanu the first time you light Chanuka candles...
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora: How Long To Burn
The Chanuka candles in synagogue do not need to burn for 30 minutes...
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora: SheHecheyanu in Synagogue
If you light the Chanuka menora in the synagogue on the first...
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora
Chanuka: Synagogue Menora: Where
A Chanuka menora in a synagogue...
Women: Chanuka
Women: Chanuka
For women and obligation to light Chanuka candles, see: Chanuka:...
Chanuka: Background
Chanuka: Why Eight Days
Eight days were required for the people who had contact with dead people...
Introduction to Mourning
Introduction to Mourning
Who Is a Mourner A mourner is defined in halacha as someone...
Introduction to Purim
Introduction to Purim
Purim commemorates the saving of the Jews in the Persian Empire from...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
Precedence of Mitzvot
A frequently performed commandment generally takes precedence over a...
Year of Mourning: Mourners Leading a Minyan
Mourners Leading a Minyan
The dead person benefits if his/her son or sons lead...
Year of Mourning: SheHecheyanu
SheHecheyanu
A mourner ( avel ) is permitted to say she’hecheyanu for himself...
Tachanun
Shacharit: Tachanun: When Not To Say
Tachanun is related to judgment. Tachanun is NOT said at times of...
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Almost all mitzvot may be enhanced by: Making them...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Obligations
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments/Mitzvot: Obligations
In addition to prayer obligations (see Women: Minimal Prayer ), women...

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