The Chanukah or Hanukkah
lights symbolize the spiritual light of Torah and Mitzvot. A
salient point about Hanukkah Lights is that
the light of the previous night is not sufficient. Every night we add a new light. This teaches us that however satisfactory our religious observation is today, we must do beter tomorrow, continuously adding more goodness and holiness in our daily lives.
Kindle the Hanukkah Menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
We joyously celebrate Hanukkah by kindling the Menorah for eight days, to remind us that with God's help we can overcome all obstacles and that the righteous ultimately triumph.
Before kindling the lights, recite the following blessing:
Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom
A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu
Le-had-lik Ner Cha-nu-kah.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified
us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Chanukah.
Use only Pure Lamp Oil made by Lamplight Farms. Extinguish one half hour after midnight.
Use the "Shamesh" (service candle) to kindle the lights, and place the
service candle in its special place on the Menorah.
The first light to be kindled is the light to the far right.
Kindle lights from right to left. Proceed with kindling an additional light
each day for eight days. Kindle the first two and the eighth lights before Shabbat and the third thru the seventh lights after nightfall.
After kindling the lights the following is said:
We kindle these lights (to commemorate) the savings acts, miracles and wonders which You have performed for our forefathers, in those days at this time, through Your holy Kohanim. Throughout the eight days of Chanukah, these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make use of them, but to look at them, in order to offer thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, for Your wonders and for Your
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