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Blessings for Lighting the Chanukah (Hanukkah) Candles

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 each night of Hanukkah. A candle is then 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 one Chanukah candle. Then by the eighth night, all the candles are 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.

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Chanukah blessings reprinted from Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals
1998 The Rabbinical Assembly (Reprinted with kind permission of the RA)


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