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Siman 682 - The Halachos of "Al HaNissim" on Chanukah

 

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Siman 682, se'if 1

 

(a) When saying "Birkas HaMazon" at the conclusion of a meal on Chanukah, should one add the supplement "Al HaNissim" (at least initially), and in which bracha? ["Halacha Sources" presentation of this entire siman]

          The Shulchan Aruch writes: One [indeed] says it [on] all eight days of Chanukah, in the bracha of the Land ["Nodeh"].

          [Classic sources: Shabbos 24a.]

 

(b) When praying the regular "Amidah" [i.e. the Shemoneh Esray] on Chanukah, should one add the supplement "Al HaNissim" (at least initially), and in which bracha?

          The Shulchan Aruch writes: One [indeed] says it [on all eight days of Chanukah], in the bracha of "Modim" [thanksgiving].

          [Classic sources: Shabbos 24a.]

 

(c) If one did not add the supplement "Al HaNissim" in its place within the "Amidah" or "Birkas HaMazon" of Chanukah, then bedieved what should he do?

          The Shulchan Aruch writes: He need not "go back" [to it]. [Here there is a reference (apparently from the Rema) to above (in the Halachos of Shabbos) O.C. 294:4-5 (i.e. the where the general rules are set forth regarding what to about a supplement to the "Amidah" for which "one need not go back").] However, if one remembered [while he was still] in that bracha, [then] so long as he did not say the Name [of Hashem] yet - and even if he remembered between "attah" [Blessed "are You"] and "Hashem" - he must go back.

          The Rema writes: Some hold that when one forgot "Al HaNissim" in Birkas HaMazon, [then] when he reaches the "harachaman" [section] he should say: "May the Merciful One ['harachaman'] perform miracles and wonders for us - just as You did for our forefathers in those days in this time, in the days of Matisyahu", etc. [The Rema in the Halachos of Birkas HaMazon (O.C. 187:4) writes this without the phrase "some hold".]

          [Classic sources: Tosefta (Berachos 3:14).]

 

 

Siman 682, se'if 2

 

When praying the Mussaf "Amidah" on Chanukah, does one add the supplement "Al HaNissim"?

          The Shulchan Aruch writes: One [indeed] must mention [the subject] of Chanukah, [both] on Shabbos and on Rosh Chodesh, despite the fact that Chanukah [itself] does not [call for a] Mussaf ["Amidah"].

          [Classic sources: Shabbos 24a.]

 

 

Siman 682, se'if 3

 

Is it proper to conclude the text of the supplement "Al HaNissim" (which is said on Chanukah and Purim) with a request for [similar deliverance in] the future?

          The Shulchan Aruch writes: One does not say "Just as You performed" etc., but rather one concludes: "And You performed for them miracles and might[y deed]s, in those days at this time"; [on the other hand,] some hold that one does say it [i.e. the "Just as" request].

          [Classic sources: Tosafos to Megillah 4a.]