Aruch Chapter 682:
The Laws of the Al Hanissim (על הנסים) Prayer on Chanukah (3
Note: The REMA is in Brackets [ ]
1. On all 8 days of
Chanukah we recite the Al Hanissim (על הנסים) prayer by Grace After
Meals (before) the blessing on the land and in the Silent Prayer after
the blessing of thanksgiving (מודים). If you neglected to say it,
you do not go back. However, if you remembered in the middle of
the (next) blessing before you spoke G-d's name, then you go
back. Even if you remembered between "blessed are thou" and "G-d"
you should go back and recite it. [There are those who state that
if one forgets the Al Hanissim prayer by Grace After Meals, when one
reaches The Merciful One
(הרחמן) he should say "The Merciful One should perform miracles and
wonders for us just like he performed them for our forefathers in those
days (which was yet) in our time in the days of Mattisyahu etc." (הרחמן
יעשה לנו נסים ונפלאות כשם שעשית לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה בימי מתתיהו
2. On the Mussaf prayer of Shabbat and Rosh
Chodesh it is necessary to mention Chanukah even though there is no
Mussaf prayer for Chanukah.
3. We do not say "just
like you performed miracles ..." but we conclude with "and you
performed for them miracles and mighty acts in those days at that time"
. The are are those who state that we do recite
 The M.B. writes that the reason for this opinion is that the prayer
is mostly talking about the past so we conclude with the past and not
the present which is considered more like the future then the past.
Aruch Chapter 683:
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1. All eight days of
Chanukah we recite the complete Hallel
(הלל) prayer. [All eight days of Chanukah we don't recite the Tachanoon prayer (תחנון) and Tzitkascha Tzedek (צדקתך צדק) or Lim'nat'zei'ach (למנצח) or Tzadook Hadin (??? צדוק הדין) even
on the eve of Chanukah at the Minchah prayer.]
Aruch Chapter 684:
The Order of the Torah Reading on
Chanukah (3 Paragraphs)
1. We read from the Torah
the section listing the sacrifices that the leaders brought in the
section (פרשה) of Na'sah
(נשא) and we call
three people up to the Torah on every week day in Chanukah. We
begin with "And it was on the day that
Moses completed..." ויהי ביום כלות משה (Numbers 7:1) where we call up
the Cohen (priest) [and such is our
custom]. We call up a Cohen, a Levite and a Yisrael
reading that which occurred on the first day (to Numbers 7:17).
[There are those who say that the Cohen reads everything until "on the
first day" then the Levite and the Yisrael read from "on the first day"
onward and such is our custom.] On the second day, the Cohen
starts reading from "on the second day" until "one young bull".
Levite reads until "on the third day" and the Yisrael goes back and
reads from "on the second day the same thing repeats itself on every
day. [There are those who state that the Yisrael reads starting
from the next day. In other words (on the second day the Yisreal
what occurred the third day. They do the same thing on every day
and such is our custom.] On the eighth day we start reading from
"on the eighth day" (Numbers 7:54) then conclude the entire section
and continue reading from the first section of Be'hal'os'chah (בהעלותך) [and our
custom is to conclude with "..so did they make the Menorah" (Numbers
2. On Chanukah that
falls out on Shabbat we bring out two Torahs. On the first Torah
we read from the section of the week and with the second Torah we read
from the section of Chanukah. We read the Maftir section "my joy and my
gladness" (רני ושמחי). If two Sabbaths fell out on Chanukah, on
the second Shabbat we read Maftir within
the section in Kings talking about the Candle Sticks of Solomon.
if Chanukah fell out on that Shabbat, we read the Maftir with the regular section of
3. If Rosh Chodesh (the
new moon) in the Jewish month of Tevet
fell out on the Shabbat of Chanukah, we bring out three Torahs.
We read from the first Torah six sections / aliyahs in the weekly
We read from the second Torah one aliyah
in the Rosh Chodesh portion beginning with
"and on the Shabbat day". From the third Torah we conclude with
that which we normally read on Chanukah one Aliyah. We read the Maftir of "my joy and my gladness"
(רני ושמחי). If Rosh Chodesh fell out on a weekday, we bring out
two Torahs. On the first Torah we read three aliyahs from the section of Rosh
Chodesh. With the second Torah we read from the section of
Chanukah one aliyah. If
the Cantor made a mistake and read four aliyahs in the section of Rosh
Chodesh, if they did not bring out the second Torah, they do not need
to read any more. However, if they already brought out a second
Torah because of concerns that it appears like the second scroll is
invalid we must read from the second Torah a fifth aliyah within the section of
Chanukah. [If it is necessary to make a blessing over the portion
of Rosh Chodesh, see Ch. 140.]
Translated by Dr. Jay Dinovitser DO.
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