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The blessings on the kindling of the menorah including audio, translation and transliteration.

Blessings on the Menorah

Blessings on the Menorah


Before kindling the Chanukah lights on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday December 16, 2014, (or if you're kindling the Chanukah lights for the first time this year) recite all three blessings. On every subsequent night only the first two are recited.

Recited only on the first night (or the first time lighting this Chanukah):

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.


1. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

3. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

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December 18, 2014
Thank you so much for providing the blessings here. Happy Hanukkah!
Madison, WI
December 18, 2014
The first night of Chanukah, I was at my Granddaughters house in L.A. celebrating and ligfhting the first candle with my 2 beautiful Great-granddaughters as well as my daughter & Son-In-Law that flew out from be with us four generations together and I know my wife was their watching over us
Abraham Baron
December 18, 2014
At present I am studying the Torah with a friend of ours and he is trying very hard to teach me. I always have alot of questions and he gladly answers them. I fear that in the summer months he will be to busy to continue teaching me. I am seeking someone or a way to continue with my studies. I ask if you have any suggestions would you pass them on to me. Thank You. Happy Hanukkah!
Galveston, Texas
December 18, 2014
I lost my dear husband last year this is our 2nd Chanukah without him thank you for providing thie blessings for my son and myself Happy Chanukah.
December 18, 2014
To Jeff
No, the same blessings are recited each night, except for the third 'shehecheyanu' blessing which is only said the first night. Staff
December 17, 2014
Just wanted to say Happy Chanukah!
December 17, 2014
Are there prayers for each candle on the manora
December 17, 2014
Happy Hanukkah Everyone
Happy Hanukkah! While I'm reform I always go to for all holiday dates and prayers/blessings. Thank you for providing such easy to find and accurate information.
Vancouver, BC
December 17, 2014
I am far away from home on this first night of Hanukkah and it is a blessing to be able to find the three blessings for the first day of Hannukah on your website. Thank you, Chabad and happy Hannukah, celebration of light.
H. L. Molnar
Santa Barbara, CA
December 16, 2014
Agree with many of these comments. We are all to be a shamash spreading light to those around us
Anderson, IN
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