Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Eating Before Lighting the Menorah

Eating Before Lighting the Menorah

Day: Wednesday
Date: December 14, 2016
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 672

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On Hanukkah, one may not start a meal until after the 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, or cookies. Less than this amount, or any amount of other foods, may be eaten within that half hour. 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. However, with regards to learning Torah the prohibition starts from the time of candle lighting, not a half hour before.

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