Sunday, December 18, 2016

When to Light the Menorah Before and After Shabbat

When to Light the Menorah Before and After Shabbat

Day: Sunday
Date: December 18, 2016
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On Erev Shabbat the menorah should ideally be lit before the Shabbat candles. If the Shabbat candles were lit first, Sepharadim may still light the menorah as long Shabbat hasn't yet started. Ashkenazi women, who consider Shabbat to start at the time the candles are lit, may not subsequently light the menorah. However, anyone in the Ashkenazi house who didn't light Shabbat candles may still light the menorah. The Hannuka candles on Erev Shabbat must remain lit until a half hour after tzet hakochavim just like on the other nights. One must make sure to put enough oil when lighting the menorah to last that long so the berachot are not said in vain. If one can easily find a minyan it is best to pray Minha early and light the candles after. If there is no minyan it is better to light before Minha and to wait and pray later with a minyan.
After Shabbat, when one is saying havadala at home, he should first say havadala and then light the menorah.

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