Shabbat Candles & Havdalah on Chanukah
During the Shabbat of Chanukah, which is lit first - the Menorah or the Shabbat candles?
And then on Saturday night, which do we do first - the Menorah or the Havdalah service?
The Rabbi Replies:
On Friday afternoon during Chanukah, we first light the Chanukah candles. The reason is because if we would light Shabbat candles first, this would signify the onset of Shabbat - and we are not allowed to light Chanukah candles on Shabbat. (Code of Jewish Law O.C. 679:1)
But following Shabbat on Saturday night, there are different opinions as to which should be done first. On one hand, it makes sense to say Havdallah first, because that signifies the end of Shabbat and now gives permissibility to lighting Chanukah candles. Also, there is the Talmudic principle of "Tadir U'sheino Tadir, Tadir Kodem" - the activity that is performed more often should be performed first (Zevachim 89a).
Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
Shabbat Dinner Blessings – Lyrics
Get familiar with Jewish blessings and Friday night traditions with our singalong lyrics video created through a partnership with Moishe House and Taglit-Israel Birthright.
If you want to host Shabbat dinner at your home and you are not super familiar with the tunes or blessings, this sing-along Shabbat guide should get you up to speed in no time.
New to Jewish Prayer? Nine Tips for Beginners
by Rabbi Ruth Adar for RJ.org
So, you’ve been to Shabbat services once or twice, and found them mystifying. Or perhaps you have been invited to a bar mitzvah service and you have no idea what to do.
Some questions that may have crossed your mind: What are people getting out of this? Does everyone here understand the Hebrew? What’s with all the bowing and stuff? What if I do something wrong? Here are some ways to get something out of the experience as a beginner. There is no wrong way to be in a service as long as you are respectful. So turn off your cell phone and experiment with these. Some work for one person, some for another. Your experience will be unique to you.
Why Is Challah so Beloved by the Jewish People?
BY RABBI RIFAT SONSINO for ReformJudaism.org
I had never seen a challah until I first came to America in 1961, but once I discovered it I began to like it very much.
Why am I writing about challah? Recently, I was contacted by the leadership of the town of Soncino, Italy, requesting information about the use of bread among Jews for a special “bread festival” in their region. This prompted me to think a bit more about the role challah played in Jewish life.
Challah is the quintessential Jewish bread that is eaten on Shabbat and festivals. As a yeast-risen bread, it comes in different shapes and textures, mostly with eggs but others with water, and each baker claiming to have the best recipe. On Shabbat it is braided; on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, it is round, with all kinds of fancy religious, even mystical, meanings ascribed to it, such as all life is intertwined; roundness stands for completeness and perfection.
57 Shabbat Dinner Recipes You’re Going to Love
By Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
Friday night dinner: it’s truly something sacred. And delicious. Roast chicken and veggies, soup, salad, kugel , fresh baked challah and something sweet to finish.
We all love Shabbat dinner, but sometimes we need to change up our weekly routine to include something a little special: a new stew, a spicy soup or some truly decadent cookies.
So here is our ultimate Shabbat recipe round-up with over 50 mouth-watering recipes that are perfect for Friday night dinner. Get ready to menu plan, friends.