A new online course
Starting January 22nd
Register »
Traditional tune used to sing the blessings on the Menorah

Blessings on the Menorah (Ashkenaz)

Blessings on the Menorah (Ashkenaz)


Menorah Blessings

Traditional tune used to sing the blessings on the Menorah
© Copyright Neshoma Orchestra. All rights reserved. Order the music CD online.



1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-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-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim bi-zman ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-hechi-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.

© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's copyright policy.
Join the Discussion
Sort By:
1000 characters remaining
Sarah Dovbaer December 12, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful Blessing Reply

Anonymous December 23, 2014

Lighting the Menorah brings treasured memories to ones mind and heart, thereby enriching the Mitzvah and joy of the present.

Mariann Sobel Albrightsville December 16, 2014

Wonderful reference point. Reply

Elsa Higby November 19, 2014

Does anyone know where I can find sheet music to this? Piano / vocal preferable and would be interested in parts for SATB.
Thanks,Elsa Reply

Anonymous South Carolina April 11, 2014

nice very beautiful and helpful - thank you Reply

Barry Australia November 28, 2013

thank you Adonai This is my first Chanukah observance, I made a menorah and intend to light the first light tonight here in Melbourne Victoria Australia. Reply

Malca, Berkeley, CA December 9, 2012

beautiful Needed to brush up on the tunes before candle lighting and this is by far the most beautifully done. Thank you! Reply

Leon Orlando December 8, 2012

Thank you Habad and thank you for the comments I am sooo happy to celebrate hanuka even though alone and away from home. Thank you Habad for posting here the blessings and the songs. i lit my candles in my hotel room and I was sooo happy to say the blessings and then sig Maoz Tsur. Then I looked at the comments ad learned the reason about "shel" or no shel. I had been wondering about this also for the Shabbat blessing. I had assumed it is simply a matter of tradition and as I am shepardi I do include the "shel". Strange ... this is one of the happiest hannuka celebration ever in my life, despite my circumstances ... Baruch Hashem. Reply

Mrs. Malkie Janowski via mychabad.org December 4, 2012

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. Reply

Anonymous December 4, 2012

The Hebrew and the transliteration read "l'hadlik ner Chanukah" but the oration says, "l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah." Why the distinction? Reply

Marti Van Lin Maastricht (Netherlands) November 22, 2012

Pronouncement of Ha Shem (Baruch Hu) Thank you very much for your guidance and explanation Menachem Posner. I will keep your guidance in mind on my upcoming album. <3 Reply

Menachem Posner for Chabad.org Montreal November 22, 2012

To Marti Van Lin You are correct. The proper pronunciation is with an "h". And when we say the blessing for real, we say it that way. However, that word is one of G-d's names, which we never say in vain. As such, we making a recording or using it in conversation, we mispronounce it, replacing the "h" with a "k". Reply

Marti Van Lin Maastricht (Netherlands) November 21, 2012

I also wonder why Hassidim pronounce "EloHeinu" all the time "EloKeinu". It's clearly EloHeinu. No offend intended just wondering why. Reply

barbara jackson Philadelphia, Pa/america December 22, 2011

Wonderful time of the year, we are so blessed.Thanks to the King of Life. almighty. Reply

Yahir G. García López México, México December 21, 2011

Shalom! Shalom my friends and brothers! God bless everyone! With my best regards! Shalom y brajá! Reply

Grandma Kim Port Huron, MI/USA December 20, 2011

Thank you, Yosi Me'ir I appreciate your taking the time to answer. I have been looking forward to understanding this. Thank you. Reply

Ronan The Villages, FL/USA December 20, 2011

Pronunciation The difference in pronunciation is to avoid saying G-d's name when not actually praying. Reply

Yosi Me'ir Chicopee, MA December 20, 2011

Pronunciation of Blessing "Grandma Kim" asked about the pronunciation of G-d's name in the blessing. Yes, you are hearing something different than what you expect. When YOU say the blessing at the time of candlelighting you should pronounce "Adonai". The cantor who is singing is saying "HaShem" (The Name) which is the right way to avoid saying a blessing in vain when not actually performing the mitzvah. Of course, the letters in Hebrew don't spell either of those pronunciations. The transliteration shows "Adonai" because the intention is to teach you how to say the blessing properly. But you should only say "Adonai" when you are doing the mitzvah.
Chag Chanukah Sameach. Reply

Grandma Kim Port Huron, MI/USA December 15, 2011

Transliteration Question Blessings on our Jewish brothers and sisters this Chanukah season.

The transliteration of this blessing is what I hear pronounced, except "Ado-nai" doesn't sound like I would expect. I hear a distinct "sh" in the middle (I don't want to type the whole word I hear in case it's improper to write it out). Am I hearing the direct phonemic transliteration? Or is that word written differently than it's pronounced aloud?

Thank you for teaching all of us, even those of us of other faiths. I join with you in declaring:

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam! Reply

Irene Alhanati Cardillo Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 1, 2010

Blessings for the Menorah Thank you very much for posting the Blessings so beautifully! Chanukah Sameach! Reply