Monday, December 19, 2016

Did You Know (168)

There is no Mitzvah to light Chanuka candles in Shul.

Lighting Chanukah candles in Shul is not mentioned in 
Bavli, Yerushalmi or Rambam. Even the Tur & Shulchan 
Aruch don't say there is Chiyuv to light in Shul. They do 
mention it indirectly. (where to place it and to light 
it before Havdalah)

The Minhag of lighting in Shul started in the times of the 
Gaonim. 

This Minhag is one of the rare Minhagim 
where we make a Bracha  אשר קדשנו במצותיו on a Minhag.


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