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How to light the Menorah on Chanukah

by Liz Polay-Wettengel on behalf of JewishBoston.com / November 30, 2012

I've often wondered if I was doing it right. No one ever taught me. I grew up lighting the menorah with my family and just continued to do it the way they did.

But when my non-Jewish husband asked for instruction, well my friends, I had to search the internet to find the best way to explain it to him.

Our friends at MyJewishLearning.com give us the details in The Adventures of Todd and God:

 

 

If you need a cheat-sheet with the words, here you go:

 

Guide to Lighting Chanukah Candles

created at: 2010-11-16

The Chanukah candles should be lit at sunset or afterwards.

Using an extra candle called the Shamash, light one candle on the first night (starting at the extreme right side of the hanukkiah) and add a candle each night. By the eighth night, all eight candles are lit.

Each night, before lighting the candles, the first two blessings below are recited. On the first night, the third blessing is added.  Listen to the blessings.


created at: 2010-11-16

Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam
Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav
V’tzivanu L’hadlik Ner Shel Chanukah


Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who sanctified us with his commandments
and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.


created at: 2010-11-16

Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam
She-Asah Nisim La-avoteinu Bayamim
Ha-heim Ba-zman Hazeh


Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in those days, at this season.


created at: 2010-11-16

Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam
She-heche-yanu V'kiye-manu
Vehigi-yanu La-z'man Ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe who has kept us in life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this season.

Explore all our Chanukah events, recipes, tips and more on JewishBoston.com's Chanukah page.


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