Hanuka and Shabbat

img_1475The Shikkerdovid would like post a Hanuka thought. The Shulchan Aruch tells us that on Friday afternoon (if we light our candles outside by our door) it is necessary to put a “mechitza” or divider between the wind and the candles to ensure that they are not extinguished.

The Mishna Bruera points out that even during the week we are required to ensure they last or not extiguish. He adds HOWEVER, on Shabbat we must be more careful. The question the Shikkerdovid is as follows: What does more careful mean? Surely during the week we should use our best efforts. How do you do better than best effort for Shabbat? Does than mean you double the glass or the protection?

The Shikkerdovid would like to answer the question with a warm fuzzy answer. Fridays are usually very short this time of year. We are usually rushed and don’t have the requisite concentration or intentions when it comes to things Friday afternoon. This certainly put a crimp on the Hanuka lighting. The Answer is try to think or put yourself in the right frame of mind. Do something for yourself this Hanukka if you have not yet. Take a lesson from the Shikkerdovid and his stroll down Ben Yehuda. Shabbat Shalom and Haunka Sumachimg_1475

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