Friday, November 30, 2018

When to Light the Hanukiah Before and After Shabbat

When to Light the Hanukiah Before and After Shabbat

Day: Friday
Date: November 30, 2018
Parshat: Vayeshev
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On Erev Shabbat the hanukkiah should ideally be lit before the Shabbat candles. If the Shabbat candles were lit first, Sepharadim may still light the hanukkiah 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 hanukkiah. However, anyone in the Ashkenazi household who didn't light Shabbat candles may still light the hanukkiah. The Hanukkah 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 hanukkiah to last that long so the berachot will not have been 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 early minyan, it is better to light before Minha and pray Minha 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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