Skip to comments.Hanukkah Question (vanity)
Posted on 12/08/2012 11:27:41 AM PST by Former Fetus
The following picture has been posted by the office of PM Netanyahu in his Facebook page. My question is: why is he lighting the shamash after the first Hanukkah candle is already lighted? I am not criticizing, I am a Christian who is trying to learn.
A question you may be able to answer or know someone who can answer?
IMO, he goofed. (If I’m wrong, my apologies to PM Netanyahu.)
Note the gold brim on only the lit candles.. Hmmm..
> why is he lighting the shamash after the first Hanukkah candle is already lighted?
I see a couple of possibilities.
1) He goofed.
2) The oil shamash went out while he was lighting the first oil lamp with the candle, and he went back to relight it.
Hmm - now that I look at it more closely, it appears to be wax candles and not oil lamps.
Usually the way we do it in our house is we take the match, light the Shamash first, then light the rest of the candles. Maybe in Israel they do it differently but its possible that Bibi goofed
It looks like the candel he was using may have gone out and is re-lighting it from the shamus (Yiddish - helper).
He’s not lighting it, he’s getting light from it.
St. Jerome just transliterated the name as Encaenia.
After the blessings are said the shamash is lit and the first Hanukkah candle (the one you placed in the rightmost position of your menorah) is kindled using the flame from the shamash. Place the shamash in its place on your menorah. (Usually there will be a special spot for it in the middle of your menorah.)
You allow the shamash candle to burn. If this is what I think it is, what he is doing is what I do. I hold the shamash over the holder to drip hot was into the cup so the candle stands up straight and does not loosen and fall over.
In fact, with my menorah, I do it with every candle.
I think we are not looking carefully enough at the picture.
Good suggestion! The Chanukiah uses either oil lamps or small wax ones. Either one, he's using a candle to get light from the shamas and then lighting others. The question is, what is he lighting? The pic was posted a couple of hours ago, it could be night fall in Israel but it would be the FIRST night of Hanukkah.
hold the shamash over the holder to drip hot was into the cup so the candle stands up straight and does not loosen and fall over.
Bingo, I think you got it!
its possible that Bibi goofed
To all, thanks. Y'all told me that after all, I had understood how to light the Chanukiah. Thanks!
He's getting ready to light the second candle?
On Dec. 8? I don’t know the time difference with Israel, but it is not 24 hrs!
Of course, you can light the multi-colored wax candles everyone has seen, but lighting olive oil is preferred for fulfilling the mitzvah of lighting.
Bibi doesn’t goof
“Well—it might not help, but it couldn’t hurt.”
Thanks! That means that he is NOT going to light the second candle, like somebody suggested. BTW, wasn’t olive oil what was used in the menorah in the Temple?
Yes, it was olive oil that was used in the great Temples. I think either he messed up with the shamash candle or perhaps it had gone out and he was relighting it. You are supposed to light the shamash candle first and then the leftmost of the regular candles. You start out with the rightmost candle the first night, you add a candle to the left of that one the 2nd night, another candle to the left of the second candle the 3rd night, etc. Then you light the leftmost of whatever regular candles are in place first, the next one to the right next, etc. Hope that clears it up for ya!
Maybe they were both already lit and this is just a photo op picture.
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