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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, Sunday December 6, 2015, (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 12, 2015
My late wife always loved Chanukah. This is the second year that I have lit the candles by myself as I do each Shobbos. I miss her so much. I will as long as I am spared light yomtov and shabbos candles as she always did.
December 10, 2015
Dear God thank you for the knowledge and wisdom.
December 8, 2015
Great format! Happy Chanukah!
This is really a perfect format for the English, Hebrew, and transliteration. Thank you, and may I suggest you utilize this format for every prayer. Thank you again.
St. Louis
December 8, 2015
A beautiful Hanukkah to all !
A new Jew:)
December 8, 2015
To Abraham
Please see this link where your question is dicussed Staff
December 8, 2015
Our first chanukah
It has been a blessing so far as we do our best to learn all we can about our newly found heritage. I myself am a Sephardic Jew by birth with regard to my mother's side and my wife is German Jew by her father's side. Lighting the candles has been a true blessing that we have been sharing with our children. May God's continued blessings be upon you all.

Shalom aleichem,

Robert Shelton
December 7, 2015
Chag Urim Sameach!
I pray that the Jewish girl has found her way back to the light and warmth of the King of the Universe. And that all the rest of you share the joy of the holiday with your family, the community and a world that needs a lot of joy these days.
December 6, 2015
Chag Sameach! love you all
Rabbine Harpell
Bend Oregon
December 6, 2015
Happy Chanukah everyone !!!!!! The candle is lit and we are enjoying our night. Remember to arm yourselves and always be prepared for the fight.
December 6, 2015
Question in regards to blessings
I have a question in regards to the first blessing recited "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." Is there a historical reason behind reciting this, since lighting the Chanukah candles is not something that was commanded by the almighty within the torah. Happy Chanukah to all !!
Abraham Willoughby
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