Hanukkah Blessings

Learn to sing the prayers that are recited when lighting the Chanukah candles each night during the eight days of Chanukah. 

Instructions: The Hanukkah Menorah, (Hanukkiah in Hebrew), should be lit right after nightfall on each night of Hanukkah in order to publicize the miracle and celebrate our steadfast determination to keep the light of our heritage burning bright.

A candle is added to the Chanukah Menorah for each new night of the holiday. On the first night, you light only the Shamash (typically the higher candle) and use it to light the first Chanukah candle. Then by the eighth night of the holiday, all the candles will be lit.

Candles are placed in the menorah from right to left (same direction as Hebrew writing), but they are lit from left to right – lighting the candle of the newest day of Chanukah first. Recite or sing the blessings, and then light the Chanukah candle(s) using the Shamash. Also, it is customary to display the Hannukah Menorah in a window where it can be seen from outside, in order to publicize the miracle of Hanukkah that took place back in those days during this season. 

Reprinted from Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals, ©1998, The Rabbinical Assembly
(Reprinted with kind permission of the Rabbinical Assembly)

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