Monday, December 22, 2008

Shabbat, Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh


This year, Shabbat of Chanukah will also be Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the month of Tevet. Therefore we need to read from three Torah scrolls: A portion for Shabbat, a portion for Chanukah, and a portion for Rosh Chodesh.

We follow a basic law of precedence: The event which occurs more frequently is honored first. Therefore we read six aliyot first from the regular Torah reading, then one aliyah from the Rosh Chodesh reading, and then a "maftir" aliyah from the Chanukah reading.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 684:3)

Have a great day,

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