Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chanukah Segulot

Art: Michoel Muchnik

It is considered important to sit opposite the lit Hanukkah candles for a full half hour after lighting and to look at the flames. This action is regarded as a Segula for the healing of one’s soul and one’s fears. It is related that the light of the Hanukkah candles is connected to the light that G-d created at the time of creation that was hidden away and will be revealed only at the End of Days - because this unique light was created before the idea of fear was brought in to the world, looking into the Hanukkah lights is supposed to alleviate fears.

Rabbi Yair Chaim Bacharach (1639-1702) promised that women who sit by the Hanukkah candles for a half hour will merit peace of mind for the entire year, a rare commodity in our days…

It is also related that the very first half hour of when the Hanukkah candles burn is considered an especially auspicious time for prayer - the angels are believed to sit above the candles and take the prayers directly up to Heaven.

The Slonimer Rebbe wrote that for those who have seen immodest sights- which is unfortunately almost unavoidable today - looking in to the flames of the Hanukkah candles erases those images from one’s memory.

It is considered important to use olive oil when lighting the Menorah, as olive oil is known for blessing the user with a good memory, wisdom and children who will rise above others in their wisdom in the same way that the olive oil floats above the water.

The Rabbi of Rodzin explained that there is a tremendous Segula on the eighth night of Hanukkah for those wanting an easy childbirth or children. He said that the things that the most righteous could not get granted at Neilah on Yom Kippur can be asked for by the simpleton on the eighth night of Hanukkah. Those who wish to be blessed with children should recite the verse from Psalms 80 that reads, “G-d of Hosts, return, we beseech You, look from the heaven and behold be mindful of this vine.” The vine is in reference to the woman who wishes to be as fruitful as a vine.



Neshama said...

Thank you. Chanukah Samayach, Devorah.

sophia vasquez said...

thank you i held this close to my heart

Anonymous said...

This post, Devorah, must surely resonate within every Jewish soul.
It is enlightening,excuse the pun(!), uplifting and timely to the
"T" :)
May we witness the kindling of the Golden Menorah by the Kohen Gadol
in our Third Beit HaMikdash, together with Malchut Beit David and the
ultimate ingathering of the Exiles.

Anonymous said...

The Kedushas Levi says that each night of chanuka is mesugal for different things to daven for.
1st night -not to be lonely or depressed.
2nd night- shidduchim, shalom bayis
3rd night- good children,happy children, healthy
(Chasam Sofer says when u cry in front of the candles u can be sure your tefilos are answered)
4th night- 4 imahos
To be a normal woman, in my 4 walls, of true essence
5th night - chamisha chumshei Torah
Daven your husband should be a talmid chacham.
By the 5th night more of the menorah is lit up can daven for more light in your life, for a revelation.
6th night - simcha
You can have everything and still be sad, so opportunity to daven for simcha.
7th night -happy shabbos
Zmiros, divrei Torah by your seuda. Shabbos is source of all bracha.
8th nignt-mesugal for barren women
8 is above nature, powerful day to daven.
Kedushas Levi says if you are planning to start something new, if you start on chanuka it will be blessed.

A freilichen chanuka

DS said...

Thank you, I loved it and sent the segulah to my son to daven for his baby.

Please kindly post a link to my blog if you like it, and in particular my latest article written tonight, on the 3rd candle.

Chag Sameach

MyrtleRising said...

Thanks for the valuable insights, Anonymous. I never heard this before.

And thank you, Devorah.

(I'm using my blog name now because I get confused between people's first names and their blog names, so I thought maybe other people do, too.)

Devorah said...

There is a segulah from the Ramban to say the Psalm, "May the graciousness of the L·rd our G·d be upon us," (Psalms 90:17), repeating each word seven times after lighting the Chanukah lights. This is very good to do. The Baal Shem Tov told us to say both this Psalm and Psalm 91, "He who dwells in the covert of the Most High," seven times straight. He would also do so on the High Holy Days, and in all times of trouble. One should meditate on two letter nuns.