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Hanukkah Blessings

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Candle blessings 1
Candle blessings 2
Shehecheyanu 


Candles are added to the Hanukkiyah from right to left but are kindled from left to right. The newest candle is lit first. (On the Shabbat of
Hanukkah, kindle the Hanukkah lights first and then the Shabbat candles.)

Light the Shamash - the helper candle - first using it to kindle the rest of the Hanukkah lights; say or sing:

Hebrew

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.

 

Hebrew

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.

 

For first night only:

Shehecheyanu

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.


Hanarot Halalu

We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to behold them, so that their glow may rouse us to give thanks for Your wondrous acts of deliverance.

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