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Lighting the Menorah



On the first night, light the first candle, (and the shamash). Each night after, add one additional candle. The flames are lit from left to right, with the added candle being lit the first. 









Blessings for Lighting the Menorah:


בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם 
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה 



Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha'olam, 
asheir kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu I'hadlik neir shel Chanukah. 

(Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, 
Who has sanctified us with His commandments, 
and has commanded us to light the Chanukah candles.)



בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם 
שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְמַן הַזֶּה

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha'olam, 
she'asa nisim la'avoteinu, bayamim haheim baz'man hazeh.

(Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, 
Who has performed miracles for our fathers in bygone days, at this time.)


בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם 
שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה


Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha'olam,  
shehecheyanu, v'kiy'manu v'higi'anu laz'man hazeh. 

(Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, 
Who has given us life, and has sustained us, and has brought us to this time.)


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מָעוֹז צוּר יְשׁוּעָתִי לְךָ נָאֶה לְשַׁבֵּחַ 
תִּכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי וְשָׁם תּוֹדָה נְזַבֵּחַ 
לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ 
אָז אֶגְמֹר בְּשִׁיר מִזְמוֹר חֲנֻכַּת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ



Ma'oz tzur y’shu'ati l'cha na'eh l’shabei'ach
tikon beit t’filati v’sham toda n’zabei'ach
l’eit tachin matbei'ach mitzar hamna'bei'ach
az egmor b’shir mizmor chanukat hamizbei'ach.