Lighting of the Chanukilje (Chanukia)

Recordings: NN tape 20, 19'09.99 - 22'56.26


Green Teffiloth


First beracha


להדליק נר של חנוכה

Second berache


שעשה  ניסים

Shehechejanoe (only first night)



Haneroth Halalu


הנרות הללו

Psalm 30, recited


מזמור שיר חנוכת הבית לדוד

Recording by SRP ca 1960 (minute 12.12" of CD 1 - Tr 3)
Hanerot halalu by Chazzan Duque, c.a. 1938

We call the chanukia “Chanukilje” Where does this come from?

A simple explanation is this:

Chanoeki-ja = Chanuki – je and the L ’slipped” in, like Sevilla, which is pronounced as SEVILJA.

The terms Hanuquilha (Portuguese) or Chanukiya (Hebrew) or Hanuqilla (Spanish) are all used in the Sephardic world.

The oldest Chanukilje of our community was donated by Dr. Abraham Farar (Pharar) in 1629 (5390). The inscription on this Chanulije reads ABRAHAM PHARAR DUESTA HANUKILHA, which means, “This HANUKILHA was donated by. Abraham Pharar”. 
The Hebrew part reads   כי נר מצוה ותורה אור    ה'שצ


Brass chanukia Abraham Farar.JPG (555070 bytes)

Silver chanukilje made in 1770 by Isaac van Wijk donated in 1877 in name of Hanna en Isaac Lopes Salzedo.jpg (388306 bytes)

Brass Chanukilje 
Abraham Pharar,

Silver Chanukilje, made  in 1770 by Isaac van Wijk, donated in 1877 in name of Hanna en Isaac Lopes Salzedo

Abraham Pharar was a doctor, born in Porto and practitioning in Lisbon. He fled the inquisition and went to Amsterdam, where he published a book on all commands (mitzwot) in 1627 in the Portuguese language. He died in 1663. (source: MHG pag. 31).


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