Rav Yitzchak Yosef: Don’t Light Menorah in Middle of Seder


rav-yitzchak-yosefDuring a shiur delivered yesterday at Yeshivas Shalavim, the Rishon L’Tzion, Rav Yitzchak Yosef told the yeshiva students there to continue their regular sedorim over Chanukah in order to prevent bitul Torah and not to stop learning for kindling the menorah.

Yeshiva bochurim should light menorah only after seder,” he said, noting that this was the hanhagah of his father, Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt”l, who used to deliver shiurim across the country and didn’t return home until late in the evening, at which time he lit neiros Chanukah.

Regarding avreichim learning during this time, Rav Yosef said that they should light menorah at the end of seder or they may have their wives light on their behalf.

“One must continue his regular second seder learning and not stop learning for the hadlakah, because this causes bitul Torah, since one becomes preoccupied with singing and dancing after lighting and does not return to his learning. Therefore, one should be careful to learn as usual and only then light.”

Rav Yosef added that this was the way he conducted himself in all his years at Yeshiva Chazon Ovadiah.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. As Chanukah is arriving: Lets look into our hearts and our souls, and take out all the Gashmius and remember what Hashem wants from us is to be close to Him. How to be close to Him? To make ourselves close to Him, we have to get rid of all the extra baggage, all the wrong feelings, all the wrong desires, all the Gashmius that is forbidden, and even the Gashmius that is not so forbidden, but that gets in our way of surving Hashem.

    We must become spiritual, and must come closer to Hashem. Whether we learn and Daven or do Chessed, we have to do something spiritual that will push out of our minds and our hearts the Egel HaZahav thats preventing Moshiach from redeming us.

    Happy Chanukah to all of Klall Yisroel.

    Remember every donut has 500 caleries or more, enjoy!

  2. The reasoning of poskim who rule this way is that nowadays “kalah regel min hashuk” is not until very late at night. see Ritva Shabbos 21b