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Siman 670 - Things that are Assur or Muttar on the Days of Chanukah
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Siman 670, se'if 1
(a) On what date does Chanukah begin, and is each day a festival in the sense of it being assur to do melacha, or in giving a eulogy, or making it a fast? ["Halacha Sources" presentation of this entire siman]
The Shulchan Aruch writes (put simply): It begins on Kislev 25, and its eight days are assur in fasting and eulogy but not melacha.
[Classic sources: Shabbos 21b.]
(b) Is there a minhag on Chanukah not to do melacha (e.g. for women)?
The Shulchan Aruch writes: Women have the minhag not to do melacha while the candles are burning, and "there is someone who holds" that they may not be lenient about this.
Siman 670, se'if 2
(a) is Chanukah a festival in the sense that a meal held then is a Mitzvah? ["Halacha Sources" presentation of this entire siman]
The Shulchan Aruch writes: No, the extra feastings added on these days are non-Mitzvah meals, for they [i.e. these days] were not instituted for feasting and rejoicing..
The Rema writes: [However,] some hold that the extra feasting is somewhat of a Mitzvah because the dedication of the mizbayach was on those days, and the minhag is to sing praises at those many meals - and with that they are Mitzvah meals.
[Classic sources: See Pesikta Rabasi 6.]
(b) What specifically does one eat on Chanukah (e.g. cheese)?
The Rema writes: Some hold that one should eat cheese on Chanukah, because [of] the miracle [which] was performed with the milk which Yehudis fed the enemy.
Siman 670, se'if 3
(a) Who can receive a eulogy on Chanukah? ["Halacha Sources" presentation of this entire siman]
The Shulchan Aruch writes (put simply): A Torah scholar - if it is done "before him".
[Classic sources: Mo'ed Kattan 27b.]
(b) Does one fast on Chanukah if his parent's "yahrtzeit" is then?
The Rema writes (put simply): No.
[Classic sources: See Rosh HaShanah 18b.]