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Monday, December 18, 2006

The laining on Chanuka in chu"l and EY

I have lived in EY for a number of years and to my embarrassment until this year had not even realized that the laining here on Chanuka in EY is different then in chutz laaretz.

On Chanuka we read the parsha of the נשיאים, every day the נשיא for that day. Each נשיא is 6 pesukim and we have 3 aliyas. That means we are 3 pesukim short. There is a machlokes the Mechaber and the Rama how we remedy the situation. The Mechaber writes that we simply read over that day. In other words, tomorrow morning Kohen will read the first 3 pesukim of the 4th נשיא, Levi will read the next 3, and the third aliya simply repeats all 6 pesukim of the 4th נשיא. The Rama on the other hand says, that for the third aliya you simply read the next day. In other words, tomorrow morning Kohen will read the first 3 pesukim of the 4th נשיא, Levi will read the next 3, and the third aliya reads the 5th נשיא. In chu"l the minhag is like the Rama and in EY the minhag is like the mechaber.

The Gra points out that this לשיטתם by chol hamoed succos. On chol hamoed succos the problem is greater, each day is only 3 pesukim and there are 4 aliyos. According to the Mechaber in chu"l kohen and levi read the 2 days of sefeka d'yoma and then the next 2 aliyas simply repeat them. The Rama writes that שלישי reads the next day and רביעי goes back on the first 2 days. In EY the macheaber writes that we simply repeat the same thing 4 times. Here also the minhag in EY is like the mechaber.

The machlokes would seem to be does the next day have any connection to today and does it make sense to read it.

Interestingly enough the Ashkenazim in EY are noheg like the Mechaber both on Succos and on Chanuka.

2 Comments:

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Abe said...

In terms of s'vora, one can easily understand the difference on chol hamoed succos, but we never observed any extra (s'feika d'yoma) day on Hanukkah--even in Chu"l it's just 8 days--so the difference on Hanukkah doesn't seem to have any rationale.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger bluke said...

But even on Sukkos we are talking about reading a day that is not from the sefeka d'yoma. For example on the first day of Chol Hamoed in chu"l you read וביום השני and וביום השלישי which makes sense because thos are the 2 days of sefeka d'yoma. But then you read וביום הרביעי which is not related to at all to that day, it is definately not the 4th day.

 

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