Women Burning the Leftover Wicks and Oil / Customs of Yishtaba’h

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Thursday, 09 December 2010 | AP | Hanuka, Shaharit

2 Tebet 5771 – Dec. 9, 2010. – Perashat Vayigash
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29. The day after Hanuka they would take out and gather the wicks and the leftover oil that from the Hanukia and burn them. They called this the “day of the shamash” and the children customarily added waste paper and junk rags to make the fire much bigger. As they would sing all together in Arabic: “Hagda ‘ouédna nahraqou iftaélna ountlbo min moulana le’am lmazéy yéhyéna, ounerj’ou lqaradna, ouarrd jdoudna, Yeroushalayim l’aziza ‘aléna, oulTora oulmiswot yizkéna, ouzkhout édayou dilquédilt di sa’lna yidvou ‘énéna, ou’énén ouldana, bedaw dilTora dihiya hiyyatna, outoulan ‘amrana, oubé nifniou ‘adyiana.”

“Our custom is that we ask from our Master, that He should give us life for the next year and we should go back to our country (land) and the land of our ancestors, Yerushalayim that is dear to us, and He should give us the merit of the Tora and misvot, the merit of the light of the candles that we have lit. He should light our lights and the lights of our children and the light of the Tora which is our life, it is the length of our lives and with the Tora we should disperse our enemies.” Also, the children would go from yard to yard and street to street singing and saying pesuqim from the Tora until midnight.

We do all this because of what it says in the Shulhan ‘Arukh (Siman 676:4).  That “That which is left of the oil, one should make a flame and burn it because this oil was used for a misva” {from this came the custom to burn the lulab on Pesah}.  It is because of this that they used to burn the oil and wicks publicly and everything was done in order to strengthen their faith and their children’s faith in the Hakhamim, (Tehilim 84:12) “vaHashem lo imna’ tob laholekhim betamim” (No good thing will He withhold from those that walk uprightly). See Noheg beHokhma p.63, Osrot Posqé Hakhmé Morocco pg.394, and Ner Misva pg.16.

30. On the 8th day of Hanuka, while still cleaning out the Hanukia for the next year, the women would say “leshana haba-a biYerushalayim habenuya” (next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem).  The reason they would say this is because when they put back the Hanukia at the end of the holiday it is a time of desire before Hashem when requests are fulfilled more easily because we listened to the Hakhamim and fulfilled Hashem’s wishes. The righteous women would take advantage of this fortuitous time to ask for a complete redemption and rebuilding of the Bet Hamiqdash speedily in our days.  Amen! See Ner Misva pg.16.

Customs of Shaharit

51) The Shaliah Sibur gets up and starts walking towards the teba when we start saying Yishtabah, so that there is no separation between reciting Yishtabah, Qadish, and Barekhu. See Shulhan ‘Arukh (Siman 53:81) and the QS”A pg. 45.

53) It is the custom to say all of the praises listed in Yishtabah clearly word by word {some even count them one by one on their right hand}, and we are not strict to say them all in one breath. This is because one has to say them in a special tune, thus putting emphasis on the praises of the King. See sidur Bet ‘ObedBet Menuha and Tefilat Hahodesh, and Kaf Hahayim (Siman 53:2). The original source is from the Zohar Perashat Teruma pg.132a.


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  1. vacrate galith
    10 December %I:%M %p

    Pourquoi dites vous de faire bruler les méches de hanoukha et qu’est ce que ça apporte à la personne ?


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