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How to Light the Chanukah Candles

Chanukah is fast approaching. Here are two helpful video guides which answer the questions that many of us have every year as to how to light the Menorah.

Below the videos there is a transliterated version of the Brachot for lighting the Chanukah candles. 

This first video is a brief (under 2 minutes) guide showing the correct direction to light the candles along with the associated Brachot.


This second video is a longer exploration of Chanukah candle lighting featuring some interesting ideas as well as a full rendition of Moaz Tzur.


Transliteration version:

Light the "shamash" (spare candle) and then recite the following berachot (blessings):

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; asher kideshanu bemitzvotav; vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Chanukah (all others present respond: Amen)

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; sheh’asa nisim le-avoteinu bayamim ha-haim, bazeh-man ha-zeh (all others present respond: Amen)

 

Say the following beracha only the first time that you light Chanukah candles each Chanukah

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; sheh-hech-eyanu vekiye-manu vehig’ee’anu lazeh-man ha-zeh (all others present respond: Amen)

 

Then light the first candle for the particular night. As you light the additional candles for each night recite or sing the following:

Hanairot Halau anachnu madlikin; al hanisim ve’al ha-teshuot ve’al ha-niflaot; sheh-asita la’avoteinu, al-y’day cohanecha ha-kedoshim. Ve-chol sheh-monat ye-may Chanukah; hanairot halalu kodesh haim; ve’ayn lah-nu reshut lehistamiash ba-hem el’ah lir-otam bil-va; ke-day le-hodot le-shimcha al nis-eh-cha ve’al ye’shu’ateh-cha ve’al nif-leh-ot-echa.

 

After you have finished lighting all of the candles, sing the following, “Ma-oz Tzur”:

Ma-oz Tzur yesh-ooh-ati, le’cha nah-eh le-shah-bay-ach; tikon beit tefilati ve-sham todah ne-zah-bay-ach; le-ait ta-chin mat-bay-ach, mi-tzar ham-eh-nah-bay-ach; az egmor be-shir mizmor, chanu-kat ha-miz-bay-ach.

Ra-ot sahv-eh-ah naf-shi, be-yagon ko-chi cha-lah; chay-ay may-re-ru be-kooshi be-shibud malchut eglah; uv-ya-do ha-ge-dolah, ho-tzi et ha-seg-ula; chayl par’o,ve-chol zah-ro, yar-eh-du ke-even metz-ula.

Deh-vir kod-sho heh-vee-ah-nee; ve-gam sham lo shah-ka-te-ti; u-va-noh-gais ve-hig-lah-nee ki zah-rim ah-vad-eh-tee; ve’yayn rah-al ma-sach-ti, ki-mat sheh-avarti; kai-tz ba-vel Zeh-roo-ba-vel, le-kaitz shiv’im noh-shah-tee.

Keh-rot koh-mat beh-rosh bi-kaitz ah-ga-gi ben ha-meda-ah-ta; veh-niy-ah-ta lo le-mok-aish vega’av’ato nish-bah-tah; rosh ye-mee-nee nih-say-tah ve’oh-yayv sheh-moh ma-chee-tah; rov bah-nav ve-kin-yah-nav al ha-aitz tah-li-tah.

Yeh-vah-nim nik-betz-oo ah-ly az-aye bee-may chash-mah-nim; oo-fah-rehtzu choh-mot mig-dah-ly veh-ti-me-oo kol chash-mah-nim; oo-mee-noh-tar kan-kan-nim nah-ah-sah nais leh-shoh-shah-nim; beh-nay vee-na yeh-may-sheh-monah, kah-veh-oo shir ur-nah-ah-nim.

Click here for the Brachot in Hebrew

Click here for Maoz Tzur in Hebrew

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