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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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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

Luka Larrs December 26, 2016

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

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

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

Jon McNabb Indiana December 24, 2016

I really appreciate all the help I have received on the years celebrating these values! Reply

Anonymous USA December 24, 2016

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

Jerome Pa December 22, 2016

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

Anonymous December 10, 2015

Dear God thank you for the knowledge and wisdom. Reply

Anonymous St. Louis December 8, 2015

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. Reply

A new Jew:) Montreal December 8, 2015

A beautiful Hanukkah to all ! Reply Staff December 8, 2015

Please see this link where your question is dicussed Reply

Robert Shelton Clarksville December 8, 2015

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,


Anonymous home December 7, 2015

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. Reply

Rabbine Harpell Bend Oregon December 6, 2015

Chag Sameach! love you all Reply

David USA 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. Reply

Abraham Willoughby December 6, 2015

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 !! Reply

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