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Table of Contents

The complete text (222 pages)
Introduction (7 pages)
Translations of Central Quotations (more literally) (30 pages)
Glossaries (regular and 'Principles') (6 pages)
Bibliography (5 pages)
Subject Index (3 pages)

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Orach Chayim, Siman 670: Things that are Assur or Muttar on the Days of Chanukah (8 pages)

The development of Se'if 1

CHANUKAH'S STATUS AS A YOM TOV
The Beis Yosef here examines some questions about the story
The name "Chanukah"
A MINHAG NOT TO DO MELACHA

The development of Se'if  2

FESTIVE MEALS ON CHANUKAH
Why Chanukah isn't like Purim
THE MIRACLE OF THE CHEESE

The development of Se'if  3

MORE ABOUT EULOGIZING ON CHANUKAH
MORE ABOUT FASTING ON CHANUKAH

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Orach Chayim, Siman 671: The Basic System of Chanukah Candles (and their location) (34 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

ONE SHOULD TAKE THE MITZVAH OF LIGHTING CHANUKAH CANDLES VERY SERIOUSLY
HOW SERIOUSLY ONE SHOULD TAKE THE MITZVAH (FINANCIALLY)

The development of Se'if  2

HOW MANY CANDLES TO LIGHT EACH NIGHT
If someone lit two candles on the first night
IF ONE CAN AFFORD MAXMEHADRIN ONLY WITH WAX CANDLES
OTHER PRIORITY BALANCES (e.g. limited oil)
WHICH MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD ARE "INCLUDED" WITH THE HEAD

The development of Se'if  3

A "CANDLE" WITH TWO "MOUTHS"

The development of Se'if  4

A DISH FILLED WITH OIL
ONE SHOULD LIGHT IN A STRAIGHT LINE
ATTACHING WAX CANDLES TO ONE ANOTHER (CONCERNING SHABBOS OR YOM TOV* AS WELL)

The development of Se'if  5

PLACES FOR THE CANDLES OTHER THAN THE ENTRANCE
Rav Moshe Shternbuchº discusses whether "the normal Mitzvah is outside" nowadays.
Rav Moshe Shternbuch on today's courtyards and apartment buildings.
AN "OBLIGATORY" EXTRA CANDLE ("SHAMASH")

The development of Se'if  6

"INITIALLY" THE CANDLES SHOULD BE "LOW"
THE CANDLES MUST NOT BE "TOO HIGH" (i.e. this is crucial even "after the fact")
Rav Shmuel Vosnerº discusses applying this nowadays.

The development of Se'if  7

LIGHTING "IN THE NEAREST TEFACH*" ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE (of the "entrance")
A CASE WHEN THE CANDLES BELONG ON THE RIGHT
"IF ONE PLACES THE CANDLE BY THE DOOR ITSELF"
WHETHER THESE POINTS APPLY "NOWADAYS" (when "we light indoors")
LIGHTING IN THE SYNAGOGUE
Rav Shmuel Vosnerº on putting out the synagogue candles when leaving
Where this minhag (of lighting in places other than home) applies.
WHO DOES THE LIGHTING IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
A MOURNER BEING THE "CHAZZAN"* ON CHANUKAH (ETC.)
THE BASIC POSITION (AND ORIENTATION) OF THE CANDLES IN THE SYNAGOGUE
MORE ABOUT "POSITIONING" FOR THE SYNAGOGUE LIGHTING
R. Betzalel Sternº on more ways of determining synagogue "positioning"
WHEN IN THE EVENING IS THE SYNAGOGUE LIGHTING?
WHETHER IN THE SYNAGOGUE ONE CAN ONLY LIGHT IN THE PRESENCE OF TEN

The development of Se'if  8

THE BASIC IDEA OF HAVING TO LIGHT BY EVERY ENTRANCE BECAUSE OF "SUSPICION"
WHETHER THIS ISSUE OF "SUSPICION" APPLIES "NOWADAYS" (when "we light indoors")

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Orach Chayim, Siman 672 : The Lighting Time for the Chanukah Candles (13 pages)

The development of Se'if  2

THE END OF THE LIGHTING TIME (ACCORDING TO THE GEMARA)
THE END OF THE LIGHTING TIME "NOWADAYS" (when "we light indoors")
Rav Moshe Shternbuchº on applying this in our own "nowadays"
THE AMOUNT OF OIL TO USE
AFTER THE ENTIRE NIGHT HAS PASSED
DOING "THINGS THAT COULD DRAG OUT" BEFORE LIGHTING

The development of Se'if  1

THE "BEGINNING OF THE TIME OF THE MITZVAH" IS SUNDOWN
WHAT DOES "FROM SUNDOWN" MEAN (IN THIS CONTEXT)
Rav Shmuel Vosnerº on someone who won't be home to light "on time" himself
SOMEONE WHO LIT "TOO FEW CANDLES" AND WANTS TO FIX THAT

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Orach Chayim, Siman 673 : Oils and Wicks that are Valid for Chanukah (18 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

TO MAKE USE OF THE LIGHT OF A CHANUKAH CANDLE
WHAT KIND OF "MAKING USE" IS ASSUR
WHICH "OILS AND WICKS" ONE SHOULD USE FOR THE LIGHTING (ON A WEEKNIGHT)
Stolen oil
Rav Yaakov Chaim Soferº [the Kaf HaChayim] regarding the oil being "revolting".
Rav Ovadiah Yosefº on "candles without oil or wicks" - such as electric lights
THE ISSUE OF CERTAIN OILS AND WICKS BEING ASSUR TO LIGHT WITH ON SHABBOS.
"OIL THAT IS TO BE BURNED" (i.e. contaminated terumah oil)
DETAILS AND MINHAGIM ABOUT A "SHAMASH"
WHICH ONE IS THE "SHAMASH".
CAN ONE MAKE USE OF THE CANDLELIGHT "INITIALLY", ONCE THERE IS A "SHAMASH"?
SOLID CHANUKAH CANDLES WHICH GOT MIXED UP WITH OTHERS (e.g. "shamash" candles)

The development of: Se'if  2

ONE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR A CHANUKAH CANDLE THAT WENT OUT
IF ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE THE ONSET OF SHABBOS, THE CANDLES WENT OUT
IF HE HIMSELF ACCIDENTALLY PUT OUT HIS OWN CANDLE WHILE TRYING TO FIX IT

The development of Se'if  3

AN "OLD CANDLE"
Rav Yaakov Chaim Soferº [the Kaf HaChayim] on the choicest material for our "menorahs"

The development of: Se'if  4

CHANGING THE WICKS EACH NIGHT

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Orach Chayim, Siman 674: When is it Muttar to Light One Candle From Another? (7 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE SUGYA* OF LIGHTING FROM ONE CANDLE TO ANOTHER CANDLE
THE PRACTICAL HALACHA (AND MINHAG) ABOUT THE ABOVE

The development of Se'if  2

DOES THIS "STATUS" OF BEING A "MITZVAH CANDLE" APPLY BY OTHER MITZVAHS

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Orach Chayim, Siman 675: The Lighting Makes the Mitzvah (not the setting in place) (10 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE LIGHTING "MAKES" THE MITZVAH, so that's what has to be for the Mitzvah's sake
SOMEONE WHO LIT THE CANDLE BUT STOOD THERE HOLDING IT
SOMEONE WHO LIT INDOORS AND THEN BROUGHT THE CANDLE OUTSIDE
MOVING THE SYNAGOGUE MENORAH (candles burning) TO ITS YEAR-ROUND PLACE

The development of Se'if  2

HAVING THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF OIL BEFORE LIGHTING

The development of Se'if  3

CHANUKAH CANDLE-LIGHTING BY A WOMAN
CHANUKAH CANDLE-LIGHTING BY SOMEONE WHO'S DEAF OR INSANE OR A MINOR
SOMEONE WHO IS BLIND

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O.C. Siman 676 : The Order of the Brachos and the Lighting (15 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE SUGYA* OF THE BRACHOS OF CHANUKAH CANDLES
THE CORRECT WORDING OF THE BRACHOS.
SAYING BRACHOS WITHOUT DOING ANY LIGHTING OR EVEN SEEING
IF SOMEONE FORGOT THE BRACHOS.
IF SOMEONE DIDN'T SAY THE BRACHA OF "TIME" ["SHEHECHEYANU"] ON THE FIRST NIGHT

The development of Se'if  2

THE ORDER FOR THE SECOND NIGHT
The development of Se'if  3
THE BRACHA OF "ONE WHO SEES"
Rav Moshe Feinsteinº discusses this bracha on "seeing candles yourself"

The development of Se'if  4

"HANEIROS HALLALU" ["THESE CANDLES"]
Rav Moshe Shternbuchº on more about what to do right after lighting

The development of Se'if  5

THE ORDER OF THE LIGHTING (WITH RESPECT TO HOW THE CANDLES STAND)
WHAT ABOUT WHEN SOMEONE ISN'T LIGHTING BY AN ENTRANCE?

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Orach Chayim, Siman 677: The Halachos of a "Guest" concerning Chanukah Candles (15 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF "GUESTS" ON CHANUKAH (the difference in being married)
WHO IS A "GUEST"?
Students, hospital patients, hotel lodgers, and other "guests" of the contemporary world
Rav Shmuel Vosnerº discusses lighting on one's day of departure itself
WHAT IS THIS "JOINING"?
A "GUEST" WHO HAS "HIS OWN SPACE"
IF SOMEONE IS "ONLY EATING" BY A FRIEND
When the above students, hospital patients, hotel lodgers, etc., eat and sleep in different places
OTHER ASPECTS OF "SUSPICION".
SAYING BRACHOS WHEN LIGHTING BECAUSE OF "SUSPICION".
IF MANY PEOPLE LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE COURTYARD

The development of Se'if  2

"A MINOR WHO HAS REACHED [THE STAGE OF] 'TRAINING' LIGHTS"

The development of Se'if  3

DETAILS ABOUT WHEN "OTHERS LIGHT FOR HIM AT HOME"

The development of Se'if  4

THE LEFT-OVER OIL AND WICKS
CAUSING THE OIL TO BECOME ASSUR BY MERELY "PREPARING IT IN ADVANCE"
SAVING THE ABOVE OIL FOR NEXT CHANUKAH
IF THE ABOVE OIL GOT MIXED UP WITH OTHER OIL

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Orach Chayim, Siman 678 : Precedence of Shabbos Candles over Chanukah Candles (4 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

IF ONE CAN ONLY AFFORD A SHABBOS CANDLE OR A CHANUKAH CANDLE (NOT BOTH)
IF ONE CAN ONLY AFFORD A CHANUKAH CANDLE OR WINE FOR KIDDUSH (NOT BOTH)
IF ONE CAN ONLY AFFORD A CHANUKAH CANDLE OR WINE FOR HAVDALAH (NOT BOTH)

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Orach Chayim, Siman 679 : Chanukah Candle-lighting on the Eve of the Shabbos (4 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE SHABBOS CANDLE OR THE CHANUKAH CANDLE: WHICH TO LIGHT FIRST
SAYING A BRACHA OVER THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CHANUKAH CANDLE-LIGHTING
Rav Moshe Feinsteinº discusses exactly when one should in fact light
Rav Yaakov Chaim Soferº [the Kaf HaChayim] adds a few points concerning Mincha

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Orach Chayim, Siman 680 : Placing Candles TOO Close to the Entrance (Friday night) (3 pages)

The development of Se'if  2

SETTING UP THE SHABBOS CHANUKAH CANDLES "ATTACHED TO THE DOOR ITSELF".

The development of Se'if  1

BE SURE THAT OPENING THE DOOR WON'T PUT OUT THE SHABBOS CHANUKAH CANDLES

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Orach Chayim, Siman 681 : Using Chanukah Candles for Havdalah (and the Order) (5 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

USING A CHANUKAH CANDLE FOR HAVDALAH

The development of Se'if  2

IS IT BETTER TO PUT THE "TADIR" FIRST, OR TO DELAY "ESCORTING THE DAY OUT"?
LIGHTING THE CHANUKAH CANDLE OR SAYING HAVDALAH: WHICH TO DO FIRST
For what time of night we should schedule all these components of "ending Shabbos"

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Orach Chayim, Siman 682 : The Halachos of "Al HaNissim" on Chanukah (9 pages)

The development of Se'if 1

"AL HANISSIM" IN THE REGULAR SHEMONEH ESRAY
IF ONE DID NOT SAY IT (IN THE REGULAR SHEMONEH ESRAY)
"AL HANISSIM" IN BIRKAS HAMAZON
IF ONE DID NOT SAY IT (IN BIRKAS HAMAZON)
THE WORDING OF "AL HANISSIM"

The development of Se'if  2

"AL HANISSIM" IN THE SHEMONEH ESRAY OF MUSSAF
IF ONE DID NOT SAY IT (IN MUSSAF)

The development of Se'if  3

TO REQUEST "JUST AS YOU PERFORMED" (ETC.) IN "AL HANISSIM"

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Orach Chayim, Siman 683: Hallel is Completed on all Eight Days of Chanukah (3 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

HALLEL ON THE EIGHT DAYS OF CHANUKAH
SAYING TACHANUN (ETC.) ON CHANUKAH

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Orach Chayim, Siman 684 : The Order of the Torah Reading on Chanukah (15 pages)

The development of Se'if  1

THE TORAH READING OF CHANUKAH ON WEEKDAYS (GENERAL GUIDELINES)
THE BASIC SYSTEM OF THE DAILY READING (DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN, WHEN IT IS A WEEKDAY)
THE FIRST DAY'S READING (AND ITS ORDER WHEN THAT'S A WEEKDAY)
THE EIGHTH DAY'S READING (AND ITS ORDER WHEN THAT'S A WEEKDAY)

The development of Se'if  2

THE TORAH READING OF SHABBOS CHANUKAH
THE "HAFTARAH" OF THE SHABBOSIM OF CHANUKAH
THE "HAFTARAH" WHEN THERE IS A GROOM

The development of Se'if  3

THE TORAH READING WHEN ROSH CHODESH TEIVEIS IS ON SHABBOS
THE "HAFTARAH" WHEN ROSH CHODESH TEIVEIS IS ON SHABBOS
THE TORAH READING WHEN ROSH CHODESH TEIVEIS IS ON A WEEKDAY
IF FOUR ALIYAHS WERE READ FROM THE ROSH CHODESH MATERIAL (I.E. BY MISTAKE)
IF WE NEED TO READ FROM TWO SIFREI TORAH AND THE BRACHA WAS SAID "OVER" THE "SECOND ONE" FIRST  
DETERMINING THE DAY OF A YAHRTZEIT* WHICH IS ON CHANUKAH

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Halacha Sources
The Halachos of Chanukah

Table of Contents

Orach Chayim, 670
Things that are Assur or Muttar on the Days of Chanukah

Orach Chayim, 671
The Basic System of Chanukah Candles (and their location)

Orach Chayim, 672
The Lighting Time for the Chanukah Candles

Orach Chayim, 673
Oils and Wicks that are Valid for Chanukah

Orach Chayim, 674
When is it Muttar to Light One Candle From Another?

Orach Chayim, 675
The Lighting Makes the Mitzvah (not the setting in place)

Orach Chayim, 676
The Order of the Brachos and the Lighting

Orach Chayim, 677
The Halachos of a "Guest" concerning Chanukah Candles

Orach Chayim, 678
Precedence of Shabbos Candles over Chanukah Candles

Orach Chayim, 679
Chanukah Candle-lighting on the Eve of the Shabbos

Orach Chayim, 680
Placing Candles Close to the Entrance (the night of Shabbos)

Orach Chayim, 681
Using Chanukah Candles for Havdalah (and the Order)

Orach Chayim, 682
The Halachos of "Al HaNissim" on Chanukah

Orach Chayim, 683
Hallel is Completed on all Eight Days of Chanukah

Orach Chayim, 684
The Order of the Torah Reading on Chanukah

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