The Berakha of ‘Hanuka & Additions to its Tefilot / Saying Lamenasea’h in the Form of a Menora

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Thursday, 09 December 2010 | AP | Hanuka, Shaharit

24 Kislev 5771 – Dec. 1, 2010. – Perashat Miqes
anuka Sameah ! Tonight – Candle 1

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Magen Abot – e”H Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar s”t
Customs of Hanuka 

2. Nusah of the Blessing on the Hanuka Lights

The usual minhag is to say “lehadliq ner Hanuka”[1], though some say “lehadliq ner shelHanuka.” [2] e”H Ribi Amram Assayag s”t also says to say “lehadliq ner Hanuka.” 
[1] This is the nusah mentioned by Maran (Shulhan ‘Arukh, O”H 676:1), Maran haHida (Birqé Yosef §676) and Ribi Refael Barukh Toledano (Qisur Shulhan ‘Arukh 507).
[2] This is the nusah found in Masekhet Soferim, Seder Rab ‘Amram Gaon, Tur, and Mahzor Vitry. See also Ribi Yosef Messas (Ner Misva).

4. Prayers on Hanuka

In Shaharit, the minhag is to say the opening verse of Tehilim 30: “Mizmor shir hanukat habayit ledavid,” in contrast to the rest of the year when one begins from the second verse, “Aromimkha…”[1]

The minhag is to say ” ‘al hanisim,” not “ve’al hanisim,”[2] and to say “hashmonai,” not “hashmona-i.” [3]
[1] This custom has come under attack in recent years. Some (Kaf haHayim, O”H Siman 51:7; Shalmé Sibur p.65b; and Ribi Hayim Palaji, Mo’ed Lekol Hai 27:4) claim that, according to the Qabala, the reason for not saying the opening verse of this Tehilim throughout the year is that, excluding the first verse, this Tehilim contains ten verses, which correspond to the Ten Martyrs – the ten great Sages murdered by the Romans. Therefore, one should not say the first verse even on Hanuka, despite the fact that this verse alludes toHanuka when it speaks of the dedication of the Temple (Hanukat HaBayit). Nevertheless, the minhag of Moroccan Jewry is not to follow the Qabalists’ directives here as in many cases, especially with regard to the tefilot. See further Ribi David ‘Obadia zs”l (Nahagu ha’Am, section on Hanuka).
[2] This is the nusah of the Seder Rab ‘Amram Gaon, Abudarham, Bet ‘Obed, and Tefilat HaHodesh.
[3] See Bet ‘Obed; however, see also Ribi Yosef Bengualid (Shemo Yosef p.259) who writes that the latter nusah is correct.

Netibot haMa’arab – e”H Ribi Eliyahou Bitton s”t
Customs of Shaharit

44) We are strict to read “Lamenaseah binginot…” in the shape of the menora. There are those who start this off with “Shiviti Ado-nai Lenegdi Tamid” while some start with “Ki ‘imekha meqor hayim beorkha nir-é or.” Reading Lamenaseah in the form of the menora is well known and much promoted as it contains many deep secrets. See the full explanation in the sefer Siporen Shamir Siman 2:18 by Maran haHida. See also the Kaf haHayim (Siman 50:10).


Our Holy Sages, Hazal, teach us that “One who studies [at least two] Halakhot (laws) daily is guaranteed a portion in ‘Olam Haba (the world to come).” -Masekhet Meghila 28b

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