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Making the Old New Again

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Recently I was asked what the halakha is if a person forgot to make the brakhah of Shechiyanu when he or she lit candles on the first night. Should they make the brakhah when they light on the second night? The answer, somewhat surprisingly, is yes (SA OH 676:1). They should embrace this opportunity to see the new-ness in this mitzvah even if it had escaped their attention earlier.

This reflects a major theme of Chanukkah: hitchadshut, a word that can be translated as “renewal,” but more accurately means “discovering or creating the new in what is old.” The Maccabees purified and re-sanctified........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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