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Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting Prayers and Blessings

Hanukkah Menorah prayer

One candle is added to the menorah each night. The first night, you light only the shammus (usually the the highest candle) and one Chanukkah candle. By the eighth night, you light all of the candles.

Candles should be added to the menorah from right to left (like Hebrew writing). The shammus candle is lit first. While holding the shammus candle, recite the following blessings.


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Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Chanukkah. (Amen)Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
l’had’lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)

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Hanukkah prayer and blessings for each night | Chanukah prayer

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Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. (Amen)Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)


This prayer is said on the first night only.

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Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higi’anu laz’man hazeh. (Amein)

Hanukkah 2020 – A Prayer – Blessings for Each Night

Hanukkah Menorah prayer

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First Night: For Religious Freedom | Hanukkah prayer

By Rabbi Mark Greenspan, Oceanside Jewish Center, Oceanside, NY

Second Night: For Living in a Free Society | Hanukkah Blessings

By Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA

Third Night: For Every Day Miracles | Hanukkah prayer

By Rabbi Stewart Vogel, Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills, CA

Fourth Night: For Jewish Community | Chanukah

By Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA

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Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

Fifth Night: God’s Candle is the Human Soul (Proverbs 20:27)

By Rabbi Naomi Levy, Nashuva, Los Angeles, CA

Sixth Night: For Our Ancestors | Hanukkah prayer 2020

By Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, Romemu, New York, NY

Seventh Night: For the Land/State of Israel | Chanukah prayer

By Rabbi Reuven Hammer, Jerusalem, Israel

Eighth Night: For the Jewish Light that Illuminates the World

By Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, United Synagogue of Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ

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What Do You Say on Hanukkah prayer and Blessing ?

Hanukkah Menorah prayer

anukkah is here once again, and although the celebration’s proceedings are less complicated than a Passover seder, if you’re headed to a party it’s never a bad idea to brush up on what to expect.

One of the more joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah commemorates the miracle God performed for the Jewish people after the destruction of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. Aptly called the Festival of Lights, it serves as a reminder of the oil that burned for eight days when there was only enough to light the menorah for one night.

 Hanukkah - Chanukah Candle Lighting  menorah Prayers and Blessings

Unlike some somber Jewish holidays, such as Yom Kippur, when it’s inappropriate to wish someone a “happy” holiday, on Hanukkah the happy holiday messages flow freely. For a greeting with a little more pizzazz, a person can also wish someone a Chag sameach! (the Hebrew version of “Happy holiday”) or “Hanukkah Sameach,” meaning “Happy Hanukkah.”

Seriously concerned you’ll flub the greeting and never be invited back to a Hanukkah party for as long as you live? Just wait for somebody to greet you and then repeat back what that person said.

Hanukkah Prayers and Blessings | Hanukkah Menorah prayer

Once inside the party, guests will likely be greeted with food and libations, and at some point, everyone will gather to light the menorah, a nine-pronged candelabra. The candle in the center position of the menorah is called the shammash and is always lit first, then used to light all the other candles. It’s pretty easy to spot because it sits on a different level from the other eight candles, whether higher or lower.

In addition to the shammash in the middle, a candle will be placed in the spot farthest right on the menorah on Sunday, the first night of Hanukkah. Each night, two blessings are said after the candles are placed in the menorah.

 Hanukkah - Chanukah Candle Lighting  menorah Prayers and Blessings

The first, “Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tsivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah,” translates to “Praised are you, our God, ruler of the universe, who made us holy through your commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.

The second, “Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim hahem bazman hazeh,” translates to “Praised are you, our God, ruler of the universe, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in those ancient days at this season.”

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Preschoolers from the Gan HaYeled preschool learn how to light a Hanukkah menorah from Rabbi Sarah Krinsky at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., on November 30, 2018. This year, Hanukkah will begin on Sunday.

hen all eight candles plus the shamash burn bright.

Although candles are placed in the menorah from right to left, they’re lit from left to right, the same direction that Hebrew is read.

Songs related to Hanukkah Prayers and Blessings

Christmas dominates the holiday song market with hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” but Hanukkah’s got a few festive numbers of its own.

Yes, there’s Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song,” which he debuted in 1994 on Saturday Night Live. A slightly lesser-known number from the LeeVees chronicles the difficulty people have spelling the holiday, aptly titled “How Do You Spell Channukkahh?”

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Woody Guthrie’s “Hanukkah Dance” brings an upbeat melody to the party, and Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Light One Candle” fills many homes each year.

Arguably one of the biggest hits of the Festival of Lights is “I Have a Little Dreidel.” You know, the song about the one you made out of clay? When it’s dry and ready, dreidel you will play.

Another song that’s been covered by successful artists, including Pentatonix and Barenaked Ladies, is “Oh Hanukkah.” Covering key aspects of Hanukkah, such as remembrance, the menorah, latkes and dreidels, it’s everything a person could want for in an upbeat holiday tune. Be warned, though: The catchy tune and repetitive lyrics increase the possibility it will be stuck in guests’ heads for the rest of the night.

Another song that Jewish people will likely recognize, if not by name but by melody, is “Maoz Tzur.” For those who are invited to the party and aren’t versed in the lyrics, don’t sweat it because they’re in Hebrew.

Looking for a modern take on Hanukkah music? Check out the Maccabeats’ album A Maccabeats Hanukkah or Matisyahu’s songs “Miracle” and “Happy Hanukkah.”

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Quotes related to Hanukkah Prayers and Blessings

Whether words of wisdom are needed for a Hanukkah thank-you note or an Instagram caption, there are quotes you can use illuminate the messaging. (Get it? Illuminate, as in Festival of Lights.)

“The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” –Rabbi Irving Greenberg

“If it weren’t for Adam Sandler, Hanukkah music wouldn’t get any radio play at all.” –Matisyahu

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Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” –Anne Frank

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.”
–Moshe Davis

“The real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that, historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’ were all written by Jews.” –Matisyahu

Phonetic Hanukkah Prayer That Will Solve All Hebrew Humiliation

Some of us Jewish people went to Hebrew and Sunday School, memorized all the prayers, and grew up with parents who taught us how to celebrate all the holidays, including Hanukkah. Some of us didn’t. Since I fall into the latter camp of lapsed Jewish faith, I never was willing to invite people to my house for the holidays. It was just embarrassing.

My Zaydee (grandfather in Yiddish) was a wonderful man, but he decided to make up a Hanukkah blessing, teach it to my dad, and continue it through the years. So the Hanukkah blessing I grew up on was all wrong. Thanks, Zaydee!

 Hanukkah - Chanukah Candle Lighting  menorah Prayers and Blessings
Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

This made it loads of fun when my more serious Jewish friends would come over and I would be eating pepperoni and saying this made up prayer. Luckily, as I grew, I was able to attend a Jewish day school and actually learn some things about my religion. Still, I feel for those who grew up like me. For you, I give you the phonetic prayer:

Blessing Over Candles | Hanukkah Menorah prayer

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us

l’had’lik neir Shel Hanukkah. (Amein)
To light the lights of Hanukkah. (Amen)

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Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

Blessing for Hanukkah

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time

Hanukkah Menorah prayer | Shehecheyanu (first night only)

 Hanukkah - Chanukah Candle Lighting  menorah Prayers and Blessings
Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higi’anu laz’man hazeh. (Amein)
Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)

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See, now everyone is happy. Take this little cheat sheet with you to your next holiday party. You will get the added bonus of actually knowing what you are saying!

 Hanukkah - Chanukah Candle Lighting  menorah Prayers and Blessings
Hanukkah – Chanukah Candle Lighting menorah Prayers and Blessings

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