Hanukkah Blessing :- Happy Hanukkah is an eight day festival of lights. For eight days menorah is lit. A menorah is a candle-stand which has nine branches, usually the eight branches of Menorah are of the same height and one branch is higher to the rest eight branches. This usually high branch is known as Shamash. On the very first night of Hanukkah the candle on the leftmost side of the Menorah is lit with the help of Shamash, then on the second day second candle is lit. the candles are always lit from left to right. The reason why candles are lit is in remembrance of the miracle which happened around 2200 years back when the Maccabees won over the larger Syrian army and the rededication of the temple was done in Jerusalem. At that time there was only a small amount of purified olive oil was there to light the lamp for one night but it miraculously lasted for eight nights. So this is the reason why menorah is lit for eight days and hanukkah is an eight day celebration. In hebrew the word Hanukkah means rededication. Hanukkah symbolises the rededication of the temple by the Jews. In This collection of Hanukkah Blessings, Hanukkah Story, Happy Hanukkah Songs, and hanukkah menorah, we are sharing with you.
Blessings are a very important part of Hanukkah as when the Menorah is lit the blessings are said before lighting the lamp, while lighting it and after it has been lit. There are various blessings that are recited depending on the occasion. Some of the blessings that you can recite are as follows:
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- The first blessing; Blessing that is to be said prior lightning of candles:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.
- The second blessing; Blessing to be recited immediately after the first blessing before lighting the candles; Blessing for miracles:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
- The third blessing, which is as follows is recited only on the first night,the very first time when the Menorah is lit:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha’olam,
shehekheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh.
Blessed are you Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe,
who gave us life, sustains us, and enabled us to reach this season.
Happy Hanukkah is a very famous festival and its enthusiasm can be seen among the people of all age groups. Hanukkah reminds us of the miracle of Lord that happened many years back. And these are the pious blessings which are said before lighting the candles of Hanukkah. We wish that as the lights sways away the darkness so as the lights of Hanukkah moves away all the worries, sadness and problems of your life and fill you life with love and sanity. A very happy Hanukkah to everyone
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