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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 25, 2014
Re "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 belssing, 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
December 24, 2014

We are at a condo in Panorama, British Columbia, and I forgot my little book with the prayers. Had to rely on my memory for the manishtanu song. Thanks for the words so I could celebrate withthe family and send a video to my daughter who is in Burma.
December 23, 2014
Thank you
Thank you from a Jewish girl who has lost her way, and is trying to find herself again. Bringing 2 daughters up and trying to balance between me being Jewish and their Catholic father who is now an atheist is hard. Having the English versus helped since none of us know Hebrew.
December 22, 2014
My father passed away on the sixth night of Chanukah twelve years ago...a subtle reminder to appreciate and spend time with your family because you have no guarantee that everyone you love will be there every year to celebrate the good times.
New Jersey
December 22, 2014
Omitted word
What is the reason for omitting what I thought was the penultimate word in the Chanukah candle lighting prayer (shel)? Thanks and gud yontif.
Phillip Rubin
Oakland, CA
December 22, 2014
Chag Sameach Chanukah from Bahrain
I moved to Bahrain with my job and miss the Jewish community events. However, following the traditions with the help of your website is easier than I thought. Happy Chanukah!
Isa Makaveiu
December 21, 2014
My sons are 22 and 15. We have always celebrated Hannukah, but didn't say the prayers, just lit the candles and wished happy Hannukah to each other with hugs and a small gift. This year, my older son who lives far away, told my younger son about the prayers ( unbeknownst to me), and when my younger son told me, we agreed to add it to our tradition. Though these prayers are burned into my memory from celebrating with my parents for so long, it was good to be able to double check my Hebrew on your site. Thank you and Happy Hannukah!
December 19, 2014
Thank you for the blessings happy holidays to everyone and a safe and healthy new year!!!
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
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