The Hanukkah Blessings

03
Dec

Learn how to light the Hanukkah Menorah and recite the Hanukkah blessings by listening to this helpful video with step-by-step instructions, and blessings sung by Tracy Thomas. Follow along with the blessings below:

 

Barukh atta Adonai, Elohenu Melekh ha‘olam, asher kideshanu
be-mitzvotav vetzivanu le-hadlik ner shel Chanukka.

English Translation:
Praised are you, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who makes us holy through commandments and commands
us to light the Chanukka candles.

The second blessing expresses thanks for the “miracle” of deliverance:

Barukh atta Adonai, Elohenu Melekh ha‘olam, she‘asa nissim
la’avotenu, bayyamim hahem bazzeman hazzeh.

English Translation:
Praised are you, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who did wondrous things for our ancestors in former times at
this season.

This third blessing is chanted only on the first night:

Barukh atta Adonai, Elohenu Melekh ha‘olam shehecheyanu,
vekiyyemanu vehigi‘anu lazzeman hazzeh.

English Translation:
Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who keeps us alive, sustains us, and brought us to this occasion.


After reciting the blessings and lighting the candles, the
following paragraphs should be recited.

These lights we kindle upon the miracles, the wonders, the
salvations, and the battles, which you performed for our ancestors
in those days at this season through your holy priests.
During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and
we are not permitted to make ordinary use of them, but to look
at them in order to express thanks and praise to your great
Name for your miracles, your wonders and your salvations.