Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lighting the Rosh Hashana Candles

Lighting the Rosh Hashana Candles
Day: Sunday
Date: September 7, 2014
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: 583

The proper text to say when lighting the candles before Rosh Hashana is "lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov." One should not mention Yom Hazikaron. As always, when lighting the candles one should first say the blessing and then light the candles. Not the other way around. The beracha of shehehiyanu should not be said at the time of lighting. Instead, everyone should listen and fulfill their obligation with the shehehyanu that is said during kiddush.

The accepted custom is to eat various specific fruits and vegetables on both nights of Rosh Hashana called "Simanim." Before eating each Siman we say a short prayer (a Yehi Ratzon) for the new year into which the Hebrew name of the item has been worked. A theoretical example would be to eat a raisin and some celery and to say "may we have a raise in salary." Among the Simanim are an apple dipped in sugar, squash, and the head of a lamb.

The DSH is brought to you in memory of Rabbi Mordechai ben Daniel. Please visit us online at

No comments:

Post a Comment