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Vol. LXIX No. 49             5779



New York City
December 7, 2018 – 29 Kislev 5779
4:10 p.m. NYC E.S.T.


Sabbath Ends: 5:14 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 5:41 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Miketz
Weekly Haftara: Roni VeSimchi (Zechariah 2:14-4:7)
Daf Yomi: Chulin 10
Mishna Yomit: Bava Kama 8:1-2
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 409:19-12
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Ma’achalos Asuros chap. 11-13
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:11 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunrise: 7:06 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:26 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 4:28 p.m. NYC E.S.T.


This is Shabbos Chanukah, the sixth day of Chanukah as well as the first day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet. On Friday we light the Chanukah candles first, and then the Shabbos candles. We use larger candles or more oil to assure that these candles remain lit at least a half hour after shekia.

At Ma’ariv we add Ya’aleh VeYavo and Al Hanissim.

Shacharis: The usual prayer with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo and Al Hanissim in the Shemoneh Esreh. We recite whole Hallel and Kaddish Tiskabbel. We then take out three Torah scrolls. In the first we read from Parashas Miketz and we call up six aliyos. After Hagbaha and Gelilla of the first scroll the seventh oleh reads from the second scroll in Parashas Pinchas (Bamidbar 28:9-15). We place the latter two scrolls (the second and the the maftir) next to each other on the Bimah and half-Kaddish is recited. After Hagbaha and Gelilla of the second scroll the maftir reads from Parashas Naso (Bamidbar 7:42-47). Following Hagbaha and Gelilla of the third scroll the Haftara from Zechariah (2:14-4:7), Roni VeSimchi, is read.

Mussaf: Shemoneh Esreh for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh – Ata Yatzarta and Al Hanissim. After Reader’s repetition we say Kaddish Tiskabbel, Ein K’Elokeinu, Aleinu, Shir Shel Yom, Borechi Nafshi, Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis, LeDavid and their respective Kaddish recitals.

Mincha: Usual prayer, with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo and Al Hanissim in the Shemoneh Esreh. No Tzidkas’cha.

Motza’ei Shabbos: At Maariv, Ata Chonanta, Ya’aleh VeYavo and Al Hanissim in the Shemoneh Esreh. We do say Vi’Yehi Noam and Ve’Ata Kadosh. In the synagogue we first light Chanukah candles and then recite the Havdala. At home the order is reversed.

Sunday: Second day Rosh Chodesh. At Shacharis we add Ya’aleh VeYavo as well as Al Hanissim. Since it is Chanukah we recite whole Hallel. We take out two Sifrei Torah. In the first sefer we read from Parshas Pinchas we call three aliyos (Bamidbar 28:1-16). In the second Sefer we call the fourth aliyah who reads from Parshas Naso, Bayom HaShevi’i (Bamidbar7:48-53).

Mussaf of Rosh Chodesh with inclusion of Al Hanissim.

The order for Sunday night, the last day of Chanukah (Zos Chanukah), and for Monday (the last day of Chanukah) is as follows: in the Shemoneh Esreh [of all tefillos] and Birkas Hamazon we say Al Hanissim, no Tachanun, whole Hallel followed by half Kaddish. We take out the Torah and read, Bayom haShemini, in Parashas Naso and continue into Parashas B’halose’cha and conclude at kein asa es haMenorah (Bamidbar 7:54 – 8:4), the first two Aliyos from the Nasi of that day. The third Aliya is from the Nasi of the following day and concludes in Parashas Beha’aloscha (8:4), half Kaddish. After the Torah reading we say Ashrei, U’va LeTziyyon, we omit Lamenatze’ach (Psalm 20) and at the usual conclusion of tefilla we add Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis.


The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. – Y.K.