Segulos for Chanukah

There are so many segulos for Chanukah.  I compiled this list from several sources, but mostly  I just made a few edits and added some that I found and heard elsewhere.  Some of these come from very reliable sources.  I can’t vouch for all of them, but even those certainly can’t hurt.

1. It is a segula to use the most beautiful menorah to show that you are thankful to Hashem for everything you have and for all the miracles that happen to you on an everyday basis.

2. It is a segula to light the candles of Chanukah with olive oil. The reason for this is because olive oil is more sophisticated than other forms of candle lighting material and is a segulah for:
• Banim Tzadikim (Righteous Kids), who will be smart and great in the Torah
• Excellent memory for you and your family
• Good Vision

3. Do not speak any Lashon hara while the Chanukah candles are lit since Hashem visits each house at that time.

4. Many women have found many miracles happening to them when they stayed and prayed by the lights of Chanukah.

5. The fifth night of Chanukah (Dec 20, 2014 Saturday night) is a segula for miracles and to change the order of the world in a positive manner.

6. It is an opportune time to pray for someone to become more religious on Erev Rosh Chodesh Tevet (December 21, 2014, Sunday night) by praying for this by the Chanukah candles.  The reason for this is because Avraham Avinu passed away on Rosh Chodesh Tevet and before he passed away, he saw that his son Yishmael was starting to become more religious. If Yishmael was able to become more religious, then anyone can become more religious.

7.  It is also a segulah to pray by the Chanukah candles on Erev Rosh Chodesh Tevet (December 21, 2014, Sunday night) for those people who are Jewish and dating non-Jews, for them to leave them and become more religious.

8. There is a segulah for single girls to daven for their match on Erev Shabbat of Chanukah (this year it falls out on Dec 19).  First, the father of the house lights the Chanukah candles. The shamash of the menorah symbolizes the mother, while the candles being lit symbolize the children. After lighting the Menorah, the Shabbat candles are lit which symbolize the “Shmor ve Zachor” which symbolizes man and wife.  It is at this time that one should daven to find their zivug (symbolized by shabbat candles) and to pray for having a family (symbolized by the chanukah candles)

9. I am unclear of this, but it seems that the eighth day of Chanukah is an opportune time to pray to get pregnant and give birth. When all the 8 candles of Chanukah are lit, one should say Chapter 80 in Tehillim, which mentions grapes.  When you pray you should mention just like gefen (grapes) are plentiful and come in bunches, Hashem should also give you children like grapes.  Then say just like I had the zechut to light all 8 candles of Chanukah, so too I should be zoche to do the brit mila for my son on his eighth day.

10. If a woman has to go through a surgical procedure or a medical consult, the Ben Ish Chai says, that this woman should take upon herself on one of the days of Chanukah, not including shabbat, to not do any tiring work, such as going to work, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, etc. She just has to stay and read tehillim for the success of the operation or consult. You can pray by the kotel, in your house, or at the grave of a big tzaddik. The Ben Ish Chai says that if the woman does this, then she will have great success.

11. It is a segula for parnassa for the whole year to fry Sufganiyot with lots and lots of oil.

12. Giving Tzedaka after lighting the candles is a big segula for getting your tefilot answered right away.

13. It is a big Segula to light the candles of Chanukah in your house. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that when you light the candles in your house, it brings more blessing and light into the house. Hashem himself comes down and visits your house and provides you with all the blessings and miracles you want.

14. After you light the candles of Chanukah, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says, it is a segula to stay seated by the candles and to pray next to candles for half-an-hour. This allows you tefilot to be answered much faster.

15. It is a segula to say the following Chapters in Tehillim after lighting the candles on all 8 days of Chanukah in the following order:
• Chapter 90: Read the last Pasuk from this chapter. “Vehi Noam Hashem…” Then go
straight into reading Chapter 91
• Chapter 91: Segula for protection and salvation from any illnesses or anything bad.
Before the Jews went to fight the yevanim, they said this perek and they
were able to win.
How to say this perek: 7 times out loud, 1 time quietly to yourself.  It is not short, but certainly worthwhile.

Then, you can also say the following:
• Chapter 30: Segula to get rid of fears and anxiety
• Chapter 33
• Chapter 67: This perek is in the shape of the Menora and is a Segulah for protection. Here is a link to it in the form of the menorah which is how it should be recited –

  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 100
  • Chapter 133
  • Chapter 144

At the end of each of the above Chapters, say the prayer Ana Bekoach which could be found in the siddur after karbanos or before lecho dodi in kabalat shabbos.

At the end of these prayers, gaze at the candles and draw the “hidden light.”  It is an enormously auspicious time to pray for all your needs.

If you cannot recite the above prayers each night of Chanukah, you should at least try to do so on the first night, eighth night and Rosh Chodesh.

  1. One needs to make a specific stipulation that only the oil which burns is designated for the mitzvah of Chanukah. Then, put the oil that remains each day into a container which could be used for a refuah sheleima from cellulitis which should be applied to the affected area.
  2. Place the leftover wicks in a bag which you can either discard, burn right away or keep it until Pesach and burn with the chometz.
  3. It is also very good to hang olive oil in the sukkah throughout the entire holiday of Sukkos in order to absorb the holiness of the Ushpizen and the related prayers which are recited during the holiday. This oil is a powerful segulah to use to light the Chanukah menorah.  (You may have to start doing this next year :-))

Happy Chanukah!

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12 Responses to Segulos for Chanukah

  1. Danny Fischman says:

    is it possible for me to get the audio link for emunah daily?

  2. Evan says:

    I can sort of get all of there except the frying up donuts one … Why donuts?? Why are we obsessed with donuts…. What is the depth???

    Chanukah sameach!

  3. RK says:

    I love my fellow Jews, truly, but this is not Torah, this is glorified voodoo. Where is the wisdom in any of this? What elevates this level of practice beyond superstition in any way?

    • Jeremy says:

      I understand that some people are very sensitive to “segulos” as it seems like people are just looking for a shortcut. There is certainly room for debate about many specific segulos and segulos in general. But when it comes to “segulos” that direct one to recite tehillim and daven by the chanukah candles, in my humble opinion, that IS Torah and is certainly NOT “glorified voodoo.” Don’t get thrown off by people calling it “segulos.” Do you honestly think that Hashem wants us to merely light the chanukah candles and then walk away rather than stay there and pour our hearts out with prayers and tehillim? Read over the list again and I think you will realize that most of them are just about using this auspicious time while the candles are lit to daven.

      Perhaps you don’t agree with a couple of others. I said that I cannot vouch for all of them, but most of them come from very reliable sources and who am I to question them. But again, if more people are going to daven and recite tehillim by their candles, I would be careful about trying to dissuade them. I assume we can at least agree on that? Happy Chanukah and thanks for the comment.

      • AHG says:

        1. The entire premise of auspicious times in fundamentally problematic.
        2, If people started walking into a church to recite Tehillim because it happened to be an accessible, quiet place place – I assume you would agree that it would be problematic. You wouldn’t pat them on the back because at least their finding time and a place to daven. There’s the notion of an “Aish Zarah”. Not every form of service to Hashem is for the good. If you say a passage of Tehillim seven times because it’s personally meaningful to you, do it; there’s license for us to offer personal fefillot. If you do it because you believe it unlocks a particular magical outcome, you’re entering dangerous waters.

        • Jeremy says:

          Are you seriously equating reciting Tehillim by the candles to going to a church? I agree partially with what you are saying, but I think you are reading too much into this. I don’t think anyone looks at this as a magic trick. Davening works and if holier people than you and I (perhaps not you, but definitely me) say that we should use certain tefilos at this time to connect with Hashem, I personally don’t have a problem with that.

      • RK says:

        The reason I say it is glorified voodoo is that there is no causality to any of these, unless you say that it’s simply prayer and H’ hears our prayers and has the ability to fulfill our requests. And if it is simply prayer, then why call it a segulah? What exactly is a segulah? If you substitute the word ‘spell’ or ‘mystical, esoteric trick’ it seems to give the exact same meaning!

        I understand you are trying to be positive and bring light into a dark world with this blog – a noble undertaking – but as your fellow Jew may I humbly suggest sticking more closely to the mitzvot themselves and have less of a focus on these ancillary, rumored magical formulas. Without any background or elaboration/explanation, many of these suggestions seem dangerously close to avoda zara. I will give one example:

        “Chapter 91: Segula for protection and salvation from any illnesses or anything bad.
        Before the Jews went to fight the yevanim, they said this perek and they
        were able to win.
        How to say this perek: 7 times out loud, 1 time quietly to yourself. It is not short, but certainly worthwhile.”

        Anything bad? So, why would a person need to say anything else or do any other mitzvot? Just say these magical words and somehow, someway, you will be saved and protected from disease and anything bad. This reduces Torah observance and performance of mitzvot to the level of the most ignorant, avoda zara based people on earth. What difference is there between a Jew mindlessly relating to mitzvot this way and a shaman in the jungle chanting over his shrunken heads? Furthermore, why would you need to say it seven times out loud and one time quietly? Why not 8 times out loud? Why not one time silently? This isn’t a halacha, it’s a ‘segulah’, so presumably there’s some specific reason…

        I could go on but in the interest of shalom I’ll just conclude by saying happy Chanukah indeed! May we remember the miracles H’ did for us, allowing us to rededicate the Temple and help us in the continuous task of recognizing His Oneness and uniqueness, fulfilling our purpose as human beings and as His chosen people. May we merit the building of the third Temple and all of the tangible benefits that a complete Torah system will bring to the Jewish people!

        Oh, and Shabbat Shalom too.

        • Jeremy says:

          Saying Chapter 91 the way described is a minhag brought down from the Kedushas Levi, R’ Levi Yitzchok M’barditchev in the name of the Ramban and the Ba’al Shem Tov as a segulah for protection for the coming year.

          As for why it is called a segula, as i said before, you don’t have to call it that.

          Lastly, I don’t see how any of this is avoda zara.

          Have a wonderful shabbos and happy chanukah!

  4. AHG says:

    In response to RK you defend your sundry collection of segulot by only addressing those that direct people towards increased prayer. However, you ignore a whole bunch that (1) have nothing to do with increased prayer and (2) offer potentially dangerous advice. Take #16. Cellulitis is a potentially life threatening condition if not properly treated. God forbid someone should die because they’ve bought into this notion of segulot! Even if you believe that some are meritorious, this area is fraught with danger that it is advisable to steer clear from and follow true Torah Wisdom.

    • Jeremy says:

      Just so you know, as i explained at the beginning, I didn’t compile this list but saw nothing wrong with passing the information along.

      It is funny that you mention #16 regarding Cellulitis as I actually spent shabbos a couple of weeks ago with a very holy and special rabbi/mekubal who told me that this specific “segulah” is al pi kabbalah and is very helpful. If he says it is rooted in kabbalah, who am I to say it is wrong? At the same time, I don’t think he would say not to go to a doctor as well, so i don’t see any danger. But this just goes to show that you and I don’t know Kal Torah Kulah (if you don’t mind me saying). There are things one can do based on kabbalah that is part of Judaism and is not against what you call true Torah Wisdom.

  5. Limor says:

    I said all of it tehlim there is just one problem i can’t find anything to put oil in. The candles finish so fast that i can’t finish the tehlim while they are still lit. I thank you for these segula and i hope it works sometimes everyone seems against a family or a person n i hope this segulah work thank you. I lovef the menoah thellim i never understood or never could read it.

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