Lighting The Chanukah Candles


On each night of Chanukah, after sundown, place a Shammus ("servant") candle in the center of the Chanukah Menorah. Then from right to left, add the number of candles according to which night of Chanukah it is. Just as the Hebrew language is written right-to-left, candles are added to the Chanukah Menorah from right-to-left, but traditionally are lit from left-to-right (the newest to the oldest). The Shammus, or servant candle, is used to give light to the others. Light the Shammus candle in the center of the Menorah, then pick up the Shammus and recite the following blessings...


Blessing #1:


vitzivanu

Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai,  E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech  ha-o-lam
A-sher  ki-du-sha-nu  b’-mitz-vo-tav
vi-tzi-va-nu  l’-had-lik  ner  shel  Cha-nu-kah. Amen.

 Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe,
Who has has sanctified us with His commandments
and commanded us to light the candles of Chanukah. Amen.

 

 

Blessing #2


Bayamim

Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai, E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech ha-o-lam
She-a-sah  ni-sim  la-a-vo-te-nu
Ba-ya-mim  ha-hem  baz-man  ha-zeh. Amen.

Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe,
Who performed miracles for our ancestors
in those days at this time. Amen.

 

 

Blessing #3 (spoken only on the first night)


Shehechiyanu

Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai,  E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech  ha-o-lam
She-he-chi-ya-nu  ve-ki-y’-ma-nu
V
e-hi-gi-a-nu  laz-man  ha-zeh.  Amen.

Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season. Amen.

 


...then, using the Shammus candle, light the other candles(s) from right-to-left.

 


Happy Chanukah!








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