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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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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.
Eliezer Zalmanov
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
Monica Rubin
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?
December 26, 2016
I'm grateful for all the instructions given
Luka Larrs
December 26, 2016
To Sharon
On the last night we recite the first two blessings as we do the previous nights. Staff
December 25, 2016
Prayer for last night
What is the final prayer on last night of Chanukah?
Sharon Dodge
Washongton State, USA
December 24, 2016
Thank you for this instruction
I really appreciate all the help I have received on the years celebrating these values!
Jon McNabb
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.
December 22, 2016
I'm a Catholic and want to wish all a happy chanuka
December 13, 2016
Thank you for including the transliterations along with the blessings.
Ramoan Thompson
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