Chanukah – Light the Chanukiah

Blessings for Chanukah Lighting
The blessings to be said after lighting the shamesh every night are these:

Traditional:
“Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu melech haolam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzvivanu l‘hadlik ner shel Chanukah”. Blessed art Thou O Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with Thy commandments and commanded us to light the Chanukah lights.” (G-d did NOT actually command us to light candles …ever… so we substitute this prayer instead.)

Messianic:
“Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu melech haolam, asher kidshanu b’divaro anachnu madlikim haneyrot ner shel Chunukah. Blessed art Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with Thy command ments and in whose name we kindle the Chanukah lights.”

“Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu melech h’olam, assher natan lanu chagim, min h’gim, oomo’adim, l’simcha, l’chgdil et da’at Adonai, v’livnot o tan lanu b’emunah kidosha v’na’ahlah.
Blessed art Thou, oh Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has given us holy days, customs and times of happiness, to increase knowledge of G-d and to build us up in our most holy faith.

“Blessed art Thou, oh Lord our G-d, King of the universe, didst perform miracles for our fathers in those days at this season. We kindle these lights to commemorate the miracles and wonders, the victorious battles that that Thou hast achieved for our fathers in those days at this season, through Thy Holy Priest, Y’shua. During all the eight days of Chanukah, these lights are sacred and we are not permitted to make use of them; but are only to look upon them in order to give thanks and to praise Thy Name for Thy miracles, wonders and Thy salvation.”

Light the candles after dark and sing songs of your choice which bring glory to G-d. You may want to have a theme for each night. Your candles should burn for at least a half hour. They should be in a window facing the street to be a witness to passers by. Otherwise a table will do.

Chanukah is the time for family, community, education and thankfulness to G-d for His miracles! Be sure to spend time in the Word and in Prayer.

How To Light the Chanukiah

First night: Well after sunset, place your chanukiah in a front window where it can be seen from the street.

If this is not safe – use your fireplace mantle, dining room table or other suitable place. I put an electric chanukiah in my front window and the “real” one on my dining room table.

Place a special chanukah candle in the far right holder.

Say the Shehechianu (first night only) and the other blessing.

Light the candle with the shamish (the center (or tallest) candle.

Other nights: Place the candles, starting on the right side and moving to the left, adding one new candle each night.

Say the blessing. Use the shamish and light from the left to the right.

On the eighth night – they will all be lit.

Do not use the light for reading or any other practical function.
It is lit only to honor G-d.

Before Lighting Blessings

1)The “Shehechianu” to be said on first night only = “Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu melech ha’olam, shehecheyanu, vekiyemanu vehigi’anu lazman hazeh.” (Blessed art Thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has given us life, and sustained us, and brought us to this season.)
2) “Baruch atah Adonai, Elohenu melech ha’olam, she’asah nisim la’avotenu, bayamim hahem bazeman hazeh.” (Blessed art Thou, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who has done miracles for our fathers in days gone by, at this season.)

Let the candles burn out, do not extinquish them and do not use them for reading or any other purpose. They are only to be used as a memorial.

Enjoy the holiday!
See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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