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Blessings on the Menorah

Blessings on the Menorah


The following two (or three) blessings are said before the menorah is lit. (Click here for full lighting instructions, and Click here for a printable PDF of the blessings.)

First blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר חֲנֻכָּה

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.
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.

Second blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בִּזְּמַן הַזֶּה

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

Third blessing, recited only on the first night (or the first time lighting this Chanukah):

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה

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.
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.

Now that you’ve lit your candles, this is a perfect time to:

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Oscar December 16, 2017

How come in the first blessing we say G-d has commanded us to kindle Chanukah light? The story of Chanukah is not in the Torah. When was exactly was it commanded to us? Reply Staff December 20, 2017
in response to Oscar:

Good question. Please see this link for a response. Reply

jake urrmom December 14, 2017

thanks a lot!! Reply

Anonymous Los Angeles December 14, 2017

For those of us who are "Type-A" I thought it was interesting that "Singing The Menorah Blessing" recording uses "Ah-doh-nai" versus the other two that are recorded using "Hah-Shem."

Do we have to fast for 7 days, 14 hours and 32 seconds: :] Reply

Anonymous December 19, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

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RosaLinda Ruiz Gainesville ga December 13, 2017

Blessed is he who hears the prayer in Hebrew, what a wonderful prayer! Thank you Shalom Reply

dockim USA December 12, 2017

I am so blessed to hear the prayers in Hebrew!
Thank you! Shalom Reply

Dee Sandoval McGinnis South Carokina December 12, 2017

Thank you for this site ! Reply

Anonymous December 12, 2017

Just what I needed! Thanks! Reply

Jorge Gonzalez Virginia December 12, 2017

My favorite website. Is so helpful!!! Reply

Anonymous Denton TX July 6, 2017

What names of G-D do Sephardic Jews use to pray each night of Chanukah? Another words there is a name for each candle lit. Thank you.

Just want to let you know how grateful I'm for this website, love it. Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for December 29, 2016

Ideally one should let the candles burn out until they were done. But if that is not an option, then they should be allowed to burn for at least half an hour, or from sunset to nightfall.

Chanukah candles can be any color. Reply

Monica Rubin Canada December 28, 2016

Hello my name is Monica I was just watching your video about the Hannukah Lightning of the Candles and let me tell you that it is amazing I really enjoyed it very much. Todah Rabba Reply

T.d December 28, 2016

What time do you blow out the candles after you light them? And do you have to have certain colors of candles? Reply

Jude Blank November 27, 2017
in response to T.d:

Time to blow out candles You don’t blow them out. You let them burn all the way down. It takes about an hour to two hours we used this time when I was a child for the meal, driedel games talking with relatives and giving and receiving gelt (gifts any but mostly chocolate coins) but now that i’m Single I use the time to meditate on G-D and watch the lights burn down while listening to Chanukah music Reply

Luka Larrs December 26, 2016

I'm grateful for all the instructions given Reply Staff via December 26, 2016

To Sharon On the last night we recite the first two blessings as we do the previous nights. Reply

Sharon Dodge Washongton State, USA December 25, 2016

Prayer for last night What is the final prayer on last night of Chanukah? Reply

Jon McNabb Indiana December 24, 2016

Thank you for this instruction I really appreciate all the help I have received on the years celebrating these values! Reply

Anonymous USA December 24, 2016

Light in the darkest places I had to make a menorah this year. It looks kind of funny but halachically it's correct and it works! I'm a Jewish woman in the US NAVY. I can't take a lot with me, the Chabad site helps; can't take the Siddur with me so having the prayers in Hebrew online uplifts my soul tremendously. The greatest thing I can do for the USA and for the Jewish people is to be this fighter and defender of freedom and our right to exist. I've seen the darkest of things in the darkest of places. The light that emanates from the King of the Universe is so powerful, it's warmth can be felt even in the darkest and furthest places. Light gives off heat, so where light can't be seen I feel heat, a great navigation tool in darkness. I follow the heat and continue to follow it until I find visable light again. I've been so scared I actually forgot the entire Torah and (I kid you not) I could only remember the first 6 words of Shema. Those 6 words, in my life and work it's been a light in the darkest of places. Reply

Susan NJ, USA December 7, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Honestly, I’m not at all a religious person. I am VERY rarely touched by religious words.
I just bought both of my sons their first menorahs for their new homes, and wanted them to have the prayers, etc. to go along with them.
I scrolled down to read some of the comments and found this one. It touched my heart so deeply and brought tears to my eyes. I just took a screenshot and will forward it to everyone I know who can be touched by its beauty.
Thank you “Anonymous” for sharing your message.
Happy (and safe!) Hanukkah. Reply

Anonymous December 11, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Dear Anonymous, thank you so much for serving and protecting us. I pray that you will truly feel the Light in every way, and that the King of the Universe blesses and protects you and calms your fear. Reply

Rivka South Palm Beach December 12, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Just inspiring . Bless you always! Reply

Tina Texas December 12, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Todah Rabah for the sacrifices you make for our country. Oooo Rah!
Chag Sameach Hanukkah! Reply

Jerome Pa December 22, 2016

I'm a Catholic and want to wish all a happy chanuka Reply

Anonymous alabama December 17, 2017
in response to Jerome:

Thank You! God Bless You.... Shalum Reply

Ramoan Thompson December 13, 2016

Thank you for including the transliterations along with the blessings. Reply

Martin London 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. Reply

Kyle Rauscher Philadelphia December 12, 2017
in response to Martin:

You aren't alone martin. I'm not even jewish, I was actually baptized Catholic. My step farther is Jewish and I don't get to see my family very often so I light the menorha to remember growing up and being with my family. I very sorry for your lost and just hope you can use the holiday to remember a time when your loved one was with you and find happiness in those memories.
-kyle Reply

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