Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eating Before Lighting the Menorah

Eating Before Lighting the Menorah
Day: Tuesday
Date: December 1, 2015
Parshat: Vayeshev
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 672

One may not start a meal until the Hannuka candles have been lit. This restriction begins from a half hour before the candle lighting time. In this case a meal refers to eating more than about two ounces of bread, cake, cookies, other mezonot grains. Less than this amount, or any amount of other foods, is fine to eat. A person who is waiting for someone else to light on his behalf may eat if he needs to. One may also not start working or learning Torah before lighting the candles. Although, with regards to learning Torah the prohibition starts from the time of candle lighting, not a half hour before. 

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