Chanukah Blessings

Candles are added to the chanukiyah from right to left but are kindled from left to right. The newest candle is lit first. (On the Shabbat of Chanukah, kindle the Chanukah lights first and then the Shabbat candles.)

 

Light the shamash – the helper candle –
first using it to kindle the rest of the Chanukah lights; say or sing:

blessing 1

 

 

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tsivanu l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all,
who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights.

blessing 2

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
she-asah nisim laavoteinu v’imoteinu
bayamim hahaeim baz’man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all,
who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.

On the first night only:

blessing 3

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all,
for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Chanukah, these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to behold them, so that their glow may rouse us to give thanks for Your wondrous acts of deliverance.

 

Get some help lighting the Chanukiyah with children here.  
Remind yourself of the Chanukah story and lots of traditions here.