Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chanukah Question- Suggestions Welcome

On Friday, before Shabbat, we had no problem getting our Chanukiyot aka Chanuka Menoras all prepared for lighting just after Shabbat and Havdalah.

While I was busy with last minute things in the kitchen, I asked my husband to set it all up. He likes to light candles, while I prefer oil.

And it was nice to be able to light immediately with everything waiting and ready, yes, even the ceremonial blessings and songs. And one is supposed to light immediately after Shabbat and not waste time.

Next week will be more difficult, since we will be lighting for day #7 before Shabbat. So how can we be prepared for the last night of Chanukah with a full chanukiya?

Do you have any ideas?


Joe in Australia said...

Preparing to do a mitzva isn't "wasting time"; it's part of the mitzva.

If you really wanted to I suppose you could have spare Chanukiyot and prepare them in advance, but there's something nice in allowing the preparation of each day to occupy its own place. Also, I've never heard of anyone having extra Chanukiyot for this purpose.

Batya said...

Considering that there used to be 7 plus people and chanukiyot by us we can prepare a second pair.

Sammy Finkelman said...

You could use a different Chanukiyot, but this happens every year, and beisdes it is probably better to use the same Chanukah menorah. (I never heard the word Chanukiot till recent years, maybe it is on;y used in Israel, but I suppose that's because it isn't a real menorah with 7 candles)

It is only that the first day Chanukah was Sunday that enabled you to prepare in advance.

Anonymous said...

"This final psak of“d’avid k’mar avid, d’avid k’mar avid”, regarding the kindling of Chanuka candles or the Havdalah candle first applies to Ashkenazic practice due to said dispute over the centuries. However, regarding Sefardic practice, it seems to be that they must make Havdalah before lighting the Menorah at home (as opposed to in Shul, which would be the opposite, as explained above, which was the Shulchan Aruch’s actuallypsak), as virtually all Sefardic Poskim, including the Pri Chodosh (ibid.), Chida (ibid.), Ben Ish Chai (ibid.), Kaf Hachaim (ibid.), Rav Ovadiah Yosef (Shu”t Yechaveh Daas ibid.), Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (Darchei Halacha glosses to Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139, footnote 27), and the Yalkut Yosef (ibid.) ruled this way."

Batya said...

Yes I do remember a scrambling panic each year.