Rav Wosner: Are Woman Obligated To Say Hallel On Chanuka?


wosnerEven though it is a Mitzvas Aseh SheHaZman Grama, the gemara (Shabbos 23a) says that women are obligated in the Mitzva of Ner Chanuka since they were part of the miracle. What about Krias Hallel, are they obligated to recite it on Chanuka?Rav Vosner (Shevet HaLevi 1:205 683) brings from the Sdei Chemed that one gadol had a dilemma and it is seems from the Rambam that women are patur from Hallel as they are on Rosh Chodesh.

However Rav Vosner says that it seems from Tosfos (Succah 38a Mi) that they must say Hallel on Chanuka. Tosfos says that although women are patur from Hallel on Succos they are chayav to say Hallel on Pesach night. Tosfos’s reason is that they are obligated to drink the Four Kosos, and the whole point of the kosos is to say Hallel on a Kos.

The reason why Pesach is different, says Tosfos, is because the reason we say it is to celebrate the Nes, which women were part of. If so then it is also possible to say that the Hallel on Chanuka is to celebrate the Nes and therefore women are obligated to say Hallel just like they are obligated to light candles.

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  1. This is a huge Machlokes HaPoskim.

    From Tosefos it does seem that they are indeed obligated in Halel on Chanukah just like onPesach, where the reason for it is due to the Nes.

    The Rambam, however, Hilchos Chanukah Perek 4:14 seems to say that they are not obligated.

    Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach Zatzal (Shu”t Minchas Shlomo, Tinyana, Siman 58:1) and Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv shlita ( Kovetz Teshuvos Vol. 3 Siman 105) rule that they are not obligated, as they learn that the Halel on Chanukah is not on the Nes and the obligation of women to kindle the menorah does not necessarily mean they are obligated in all aspects of Chanukah. see the Teshuvos at length.

    Rav Shmuel Wosner shlita (which you quote) and Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita (See Sefer Doleh u’mashkeh page 238), rule that they are indeed obligated.

    See also Sh”t Hisorerus Teshuva Vol. 1 Siman 51, Marcheshes Vol. 1 end of Siman 10,Toras Refoel Orach Chaim Siman 75


  2. wow,thanks for that comment! And here I read the post and assumed it was a Psak that was unanimous. It is important to a) give both sides of any inyan and 2) to remind your readers never to pasken from your posts but to ask their Rabbonim for halacha lemaysah


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