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- Daf yomi: Bava Batra 116
- Yerushalmi yomi: Horayot 4
- Mishna yomit: Tahorot 1:3
- Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 374:4
- Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 29
- Shabbat Parshiot: Mikeitz
- Torah Reading: Gen. 41:1-44:17*
- Haftara for Second Shabbat of Chanukah: 1 Kings 7:40 –50*
*Courtesy of: AZAMRA DIARY
*Saturday night-Sunday 12-13 December / 26 Kislev
The second light of Chanukah is lit after the departure of the Shabbat. The prevalent custom is to light the Chanukah lights following Havdalah.
The days of Chanukah are days of joy. It is forbidden to fast and it is customary to hold feasts and to eat some fried foods (such as doughnuts — no need for excess!!!) in memory of the miracle of the oil, and a milk or cheese dish in memory of the heroism of Judith, who fed the Greek general Holfurnos until he was drowsy and then cut off his head.
Wednesday night-Thursday 16-17 December / 30 Kislev
Fifth light of Chanukah
First day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Today is the Yahrzeit of R. Avraham b’Reb Nachman Chazan (1849-1917), outstanding Breslover scholar and author of Kochvey Ohr and Biur HaLikutim, a commentary on Rabbi Nachman’s Likutey Moharan.
Attributes of the month of TEVET: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: KEH YOD KEH VAV, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse [Gadlu] laYHVH eetY uneromemaH shemO , “[magnify] HaShem with me, and let us exalt His name …” (Psalms 34:4). The month’s corresponding letter is: AYIN; Human attribute: ANGER; Body Part: LIVER; Tribe: DAN; Constellation: GEDI (Capricorn, the Goat).
Thursday night-Friday 17-18 December / 1 Tevet
Second day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet
On this day Esther was taken to the palace of Achashverosh (Esther 2:16).
On Friday afternoon, the Chanukah lights must be lit before sunset, and they should be lit before the Shabbat candles. Where possible it is preferable to pray the afternoon Minchah service before kindling the Chanukah lights.
Friday night-Saturday 18-19 December / 2 Tevet
Shabbat Parshat MIKEITZ; Second Shabbat of CHANUKAH
Eighth light of Chanukah
Torah Reading: Mikeitz, Gen. 41:1-44:17, Rosh Chodesh reading Numbers 28:9-15 ; Chanukah reading Numbers 7:54-8:4; Haftara for Second Shabbat of Chanukah: 1 Kings 7:40 –50.
Many have the custom of singing Ma’oz Tzur and other Chanukah songs at the Friday night Shabbat table. Al Hanissim for Chanukah are added in the Birchat Hamazon and in the the Shabbat Amidah prayers, and full Hallel is recited after the shacharit (morning) Amidah.
Eighth day of Chanukah
The eighth and last light of Chanukah takes us beyond the finite world (encompassed by the seven lower sefirot) to the higher world of Binah (Understanding), the eighth level above Malchut. At the time of the lighting of the eighth light and for the whole last day of Chanukah tremendous spiritual influence flows down to all who are willing to open themselves to it.
*Courtesy of: AZAMRA DIARY
From: Kaluach – Hebrew/civil calendars
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