Monday, December 15, 2008

The blessings on lighting the menorah


On every night of Chanukah after the first night, one recites two blessings before lighting the first candle on the Menorah. On the first night one recites three blessings, adding the "Shehechiyanu" blessing to the other two. These blessings may be found in the Artscroll Prayerbook on page 782.

The first blessing thanks Gd for the Mitzvah of lighting candles, and the second commemorates the miracles He performed for us on Chanukah. Therefore, one who will not light Chanukah candles still recites the second blessing when he first sees a lit Menorah.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 676:1,3)

Have a great day,

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