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Chanuka – Question of the Beis Yosef

The Beis Yosef’s Question The Beis Yosef[1] asks why the festival of Chanuka was instituted for eight days. Since the Chashmonaim found one jar of oil that would have been sufficient for the first night[2] it would seem that the first night wasn’t miraculous. This question is also asked by the Tosfos HaRosh[3]. It is very interesting to note that both of them give almost identical answers to this question. ...

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Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8

  Disposing of Chanuka Oil, Wicks After Day 8 Question: Orach Chaim 677 says that leftover oil should be burnt. It appears that the reason is that since the oil has become huktza l'mitzvah, it has to be destroyed so that you won't come to have hana'ah from it. My situation is this: When I buy the oil initially, I stipulate that only the oil used for the mitzvah is muktzeh; any oil remaining in the bott ...

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Chanuka – The Question of the Beis Yosef

The Beis Yosef’s Question The Beis Yosef[1] asks why the festival of Chanuka was instituted for eight days. Since the Chashmonaim found one jar of oil that would have been sufficient for the first night[2] it would seem that the first night wasn’t miraculous. This question is also asked by the Tosfos HaRosh[3]. It is very interesting to note that both of them give almost identical answers to this question. ...

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Bracha of Sheasa Nissim for a Convert

Question: Does a ger make the bracha al ha nissim.....it speaks of avosainu yet he is not of that.....I was told he says sh'asa nissim l'yisroel. Is that correct? Thank you Answer: A convert may recite the regular bracha of שעשה נסים לאבותינו. There is one opinion to change the text as you mentioned, but the ruling follows the Mishna Brura who brings only the first opinion to recite the regular bracha. See ...

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Shiur Hadlaka for Lighting Inside

Question: Hadlokoh oissoh Mitzvoh (Siman 673, 2) but b`shas Hadlokoh it needs oil for 1/2 hr (Biur halocho). Why is there a 1/2 requirement for us who light inside and our Pirsum haness is fulifilled with b`ney Habayis, surely the shiur of 1/2 hr which is tichle regel min hashuk has no connection to that? Answer: There is much discussion in the Poskim as to the nature of the shiur of a half hour. There are ...

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Lighting Menorah for Visitors

Question: 1. A person who is invited (with his family) to close family members for a Hadlokas Neros. The hosts are well meaning but not very `informed` and are likely to be offended by the invited family not wanting to light by them. Is there any heitter for the guests to light there? (They are not sleeping there, just about eating one meal) And is there room le`hokel to allow at least the boys (probably hi ...

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Chanukah Presents

Question: Does the Rav view the giving of gifts to children on Chanukah as a violation of chukas goyim or simply a practice which has no source in halacha? Many thanks Answer: Giving presents on Chanuka certainly does not violate the prohibition of Chukas Hagoyim. This prohibition is only for customs that have no plain logical reason. Giving presents at a festive time is a logical and therefore permitted ac ...

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Waiting for Father to Light Ner Chanuka

Question: Because of my work I am unable to get home to light ner chanuka at the zman, I usually arrive home at about 7:00 – 7:30 at night. Could my family wait for me to light ner Chanuka, or must they light without me? Answer: As long as you arrive home while there are still many people walking around in the streets [until about 7:30], your family may wait for you to light. It would seem this is still wit ...

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Makom Hadlaka for Bachurim in Yeshiva

Question: Where is the proper place for bachurim learning in yeshiva to light menorah? Some of them sleep in the building of the yeshiva where the dining room and bais medrash is located. Others sleep in a separate dira [and eat in the yeshiva]. Answer: Bachurim who sleep and eat in the yeshiva building, should consider the building their home. As such if there is place at the entrance to the building which ...

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Electric Menorah for Chanuka

Question: After hadlakat ner Chanuka, I often have to leave my house right away [I work in a hospital]. I do not want to leave burning candles alone in the house. Could I fulfill my obligation with an electric menorah with bulbs? I once heard that in a hotel that does not allow candles one could use an electric menorah. Answer: One can not fulfill their obligation with any form of electric lights, even in t ...

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