Friday, December 9, 2016

Rejoicing During Hanukkah

Rejoicing During Hanukkah
Day: Friday
Date: December 9, 2016
Parshat: Vayetze
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 670

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The accepted custom is for women to refrain from doing Melacha other than cooking and similar necessary Melachot for the first half hour after the Hanukkah candles are lit. The reason for this custom is to serve as a reminder to everyone that the light of the Hannuka candles may not be used for any purpose. Since Hanukkah is a joyous time it is forbidden to fast during these days, even for a yahrzeit. Instead one who wants to fast should do so before or push it off until after the holiday. For the same reason, it is also improper to visit a cemetery, especially of a recently deceased person, during Hanukkah since that usually goes along with sadness and eulogizing, both of which should be avoided during Hanukkah. One who wants to visit the grave of a Hacham however, may rely on those Poskim who do allow it. 

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