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Chanukah Begins December 6
Chanukah meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah.
Candle Lighting and Blessings
On the first night of Chanukah and on all other nights during the holiday, the middle candle (called a shamash) is lit first. The shamash does not count as one of the Chanukah candles, but is used to light all the other candles.
Families usually light their Chanukah menorah directly or soon after nightfall. Place a candle in the rightmost position on your menorah. Now hold the shamash and recite the following blessings:
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.
Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, she’asah nisim l’avoteinu, b’yamim haheim bazman hazeh.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers in those days at this time.
On the first night, you'll also say the Shehecheyanu blessing:
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, shehekheyanu, v’kiyamanu vehegianu lazman hazeh.
Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us and brought us to this season.
Finally, after the blessings, light the candle. Repeat this process every night of Chanukah, leaving out the Shehecheyanu blessing.
Videos of High Holy Day Sermons
Erev Rosh Hashanah September 13, 2015
Rosh Hashanah September 14 , 2015
Erev Yom Kippur September 22, 2015
Yom Kippur September 23, 2015
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