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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, 2013
Blessing on the Menorah
Thank you for the blessing!
Pearland, TX/USA
December 6, 2013
the shamash is the middle candle, used to light all others.
December 2, 2013
Thank you for having the Jewish prayers online! It is appreciated! Be safe. Be well.
Shannon S.
December 2, 2013
Good question, please see the following links for responses: Is Chanukah G-d given and Where does the Torah say to light Shabbat Candles
Mrs. Chana Benjaminson
December 2, 2013
Why does the blessing say "[G-d] who commanded us to light the Chanukah candles" when it is a rabbinical festival?
November 29, 2013
Thank you
Your prayers have added much to my celebration this holiday and especially this Sabbath evening. Shabbat Shalom.
November 29, 2013
Thank you.....
Thank you for the blessings.......
November 28, 2013
missing meanings
To Toble,Toronto

Yes! Yes! Yes! THANK YOU!!
That sounds like it. I hope they still have it posted on their website.
I'll go there as soon as I finish this. If not, could you please post it here for us.
You've made my Chanukah this year-- 2013. Bless you and have a happy one!
Seattle, WA
November 27, 2013
To Mr. C.
No missing word. Although the Talmud does conclude that blessing as "shel Chanukah," there is also the widely accepted version you see here. The reason for not including the word shel is based on a Kabbalistic teaching of the Arizal, who says that this blessing is to contain thirteen words. If shel is included in the blessing, we have fourteen words. As our liturgy is based on the Arizal's teachings, the shel is omitted and we have a thirteen word blessing. Staff
November 27, 2013
Blessing number 1 should have the word shel in front of Hanukkah
Mr. C
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