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BIRKAT HANER; The Blessing over Lighting the Hanukkah Candle

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Dec 18, 2019
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The Berakhah we recite before lighting Nerot Hanukkah - which even a young child knows well - presents a problem insofar as we thank God for commanding us to...light Ner Hanukkah; God never directly commanded us to do so. The Gemara (Shabbat 23) addresses this issue; we explore this passage along with a related passage in the Yerushalmi, along with briefly surveying the wide range of variant texts of the Berakhah.

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today in memory of PRZ - Reb Zeilig Z'L and Bobby Lola Z'L, and Zeidy Benci z”l and by Eric Goldstein on the occasion of the yahrtzeit of his mother Blanche Goldstein z”l, Etta Brana bat Yitzchak