Which Haftorah is read on the second Shabbos Chanukah?


On Shabbos Chanukah, two Sifrei Torah are removed from the Aron at the time of Kriyas HaTorah. The first is for the parshas hashavua (the weekly portion) and the second is for the Chanukah reading. The Haftorah is read from the Navi Zecharyah and discusses his vision of the golden menorah. If there are two Shabbosos Chanukah, this Haftorah is read on the first Shabbos. On the second Shabbos, a portion is read from Sefer Melachim discussing the ten menorahs placed in the Heichal of the Beis Hamikdosh.

[שו"ע תרפד, ב, ומשנ"ב ה ו־ז]


Which reading takes place first--Chanukah or Rosh Chodesh?



Rosh Chodesh Teves always falls on the sixth day of Chanukah. On some years there are two days of Rosh Chodesh. When the sixth day of Chanukah falls on a weekday, the first three aliyos are from the Rosh Chodesh reading and the final aliyah is the Chanukah reading. Since Rosh Chodesh is more frequent, its kriyah takes precedence. If a person mistakenly began reading the Chanukah portion first, he should complete the Chanukah reading and then begin the kriyah of Rosh Chodesh.

[שו"ע תרפד, ג, משנ"ב טו ו־יז, וביה"ל ד"ה ואם]



Which Haftorah is read on Shabbos Chanukah which falls on Rosh Chodesh?


When Shabbos Chanukah falls on Rosh Chodesh, three Sifrei Torah are removed from the Aron. The first Torah is used for the parshas hashavua, the second is for Rosh Chodesh, and the third is used for the Chanukah reading. Since the final reading is about Chanukah, the Haftorah is also the Chanukah Haftorah. In addition, there is more pirsumei nisa if the Chanukah Haftorah is read. B’dieved, if the Rosh Chodesh Haftorah was read, it is not necessary to read another Haftorah.

[שו"ע תרפד, ג, משנ"ב יא, וביה"ל ד"ה ואם]
  • If Al Hanisim was completely forgotten, Shemoneh Esreh and Birchas Hamozon are not repeated.

  • On Chanukah, the entire Hallel is recited. The Achronim disagree about whether it is a Torah obligation or only mid’rabonon.

  • The kriyah for Chanukah is from Parshas Naso and discusses the korbonos of the Nesiyim. This is read because Chanukah was the completion of the building of the mishkan. Some people begin the kriyah on the first day with the previous parsha of Birchas Kohanim.

  • Are piyutim said during Musaf on the weeks of the Arba Parshiyos?




  • What is the purpose of reading Parshas Parah?




  • Why is Parshas Zachor read before Purim?
PLEASE NOTE: The information in this email is for learning purposes only. Please review the Mishna Berura and Biurim U'Musafim before making a halachic decision. Hebrew words are occasionally transliterated to enable a smoother reading of the text. Common Ashkenazi pronunciation is generally used in these cases.
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