Times and Schedule for Shabbat
Friday - Shabbat, December 8 - 9, 2023
Torah Reading:  Parshat Vayeshev - Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
Maftir: Numbers 7:18 - 23

Haftorah (special for Chanukah): Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

Shabbat Mevarchim - We bless the new Month of Tevet
Molad for the New Moon: Tuesday, Dec 12, 8:01 & 3/18 PM

Rosh Chodesh Tevet is on Wednesday, December 13

Friday, December 8 - Erev Shabbat Earliest time to light Menorah: 3:34 PM
*Note: The menorah must burn until 5:30 PM (30 minutes after nightfall) so use bigger candles or olive oil. 

Shabbat candle lighting: 4:10 PM
Minchah: 4:20 PM

Dvar Torah: Rabbi Fried
Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:50 PM

Shabbat, December 9 - Shabbat Day Tehillim for Shabbat Mevarchim: 8:15 AM
: 9:45 AM
Dvar Torah: Rabbi Kugel

Kiddush this week is sponsored in part by Murad and Ety Shasha in honor of the Yaherzeit of Murad's sister Shahnaz Shira bat Ezra and Gladys, Kislev 27, and the Yahrzeit of Murad's father Ezra Ben Mordechai, Tevet 2

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Last week's Kiddush was sponsored bu Debbie Einhorn.

Rambam class: 3:10 PM
Minchah : 4:10 PM
Shabbat ends: 5:13 PM
Ma'ariv and Havdallah: 5:13 PM

The Menorah is lit after Havdallah

Laws and Customs for Chanukah

-Every night of Chanukah the Menorah should burn for at least a half hour into the night, or until 5:30 pm. Therefore, standard wax Chanukah candles that burn for 30-45 minutes should be lit no earlier than 5:00 pm.

-The Chabad custom is to light the Menorah at sundown, (12/7) 4:28 pm and (12/14) 4:29 pm, making sure it will burn until 5:30 pm. Because of this custom, larger candles or olive oil should be used.

-On Friday, December 8, Chanukah candles should be lit before we light Shabbat candles at 4:10 PM. Ideally we should daven Mincha beforehand. Candles may be lit as early as 3:34 pm (Plag Haminchah). Regular Chanukah candles cannot be used in our Menorah on Friday afternoon, since they must last until 5:30 PM (a half an hour after nightfall). Shabbat candles or olive oil should be used in the Menorah instead.  Under no circumstances can the Menorah be lit after sundown, 4:28 pm. Give yourself extra time to set up the Menorah.   

-On Saturday night, December 9, the Menorah is lit after Shabbat ends at 5:13 pm. Havdala is recited first and then the Menorah is lit.

-The V’Al HaNissim is added to all Chanukah prayers, as well as in Grace after Meals.

-The complete Hallel is said every day of Chanukah. In Israel, 8 of the 18 days during the year when the complete Hallel is said, are Chanukah.

-Chanukah is connected with the term Chinuch, education. It is a time that we traditionally tip our children’s teachers for doing a great job educating our children and teaching them Torah.

-Chanukah is a time for family. At least on a few of the nights of Chanukah, the family should spend time together, sharing the miracles and stories of Chanukah.

-To educate our children about the importance of Tzedakah and to give them some spending money, Chanukah gelt is given.

-The Rebbe discussed the importance of giving Chanukah gelt every night of Chanukah and he mentioned that husbands should give their wives Chanukah gelt as well. 

Halachic Times

Earliest Talit & Tefillin (latest of the week): 6:18 AM

Latest Shma (earliest of the week): 9:25 AM
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