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How to Light the Chanukah Candles

Here are two helpful video guides to how to light the Menorah.

Below the videos there is a transliterated version of the Brachot for lighting the Chanukah candles. 

This first video is a brief guide showing the correct direction to light the candles along with the associated Brachot.

This second video is a longer exploration of Chanukah candle lighting featuring some interesting ideas as well as a full rendition of Moaz Tzur.

Transliteration version:

Light the "shamash" (spare candle) and then recite the following berachot (blessings):

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; asher kideshanu bemitzvotav; vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Chanukah (all others present respond: Amen)

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; sheh’asa nisim le-avoteinu bayamim ha-haim, bazeh-man ha-zeh (all others present respond: Amen)
 

Say the following beracha only the first time that you light Chanukah candles each Chanukah

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam; sheh-hech-eyanu vekiye-manu vehig’ee’anu lazeh-man ha-zeh (all others present respond: Amen)

 

Then light the first candle for the particular night. As you light the additional candles for each night recite or sing the following:

Hanairot Halau anachnu madlikin; al hanisim ve’al ha-teshuot ve’al ha-niflaot; sheh-asita la’avoteinu, al-y’day cohanecha ha-kedoshim. Ve-chol sheh-monat ye-may Chanukah; hanairot halalu kodesh haim; ve’ayn lah-nu reshut lehistamiash ba-hem el’ah lir-otam bil-va; ke-day le-hodot le-shimcha al nis-eh-cha ve’al ye’shu’ateh-cha ve’al nif-leh-ot-echa.

 

After you have finished lighting all of the candles, sing the following, “Ma-oz Tzur”:


Ma-oz Tzur yesh-ooh-ati, le’cha nah-eh le-shah-bay-ach; tikon beit tefilati ve-sham todah ne-zah-bay-ach; le-ait ta-chin mat-bay-ach, mi-tzar ham-eh-nah-bay-ach; az egmor be-shir mizmor, chanu-kat ha-miz-bay-ach.

Ra-ot sahv-eh-ah naf-shi, be-yagon ko-chi cha-lah; chay-ay may-re-ru be-kooshi be-shibud malchut eglah; uv-ya-do ha-ge-dolah, ho-tzi et ha-seg-ula; chayl par’o,ve-chol zah-ro, yar-eh-du ke-even metz-ula.

Deh-vir kod-sho heh-vee-ah-nee; ve-gam sham lo shah-ka-te-ti; u-va-noh-gais ve-hig-lah-nee ki zah-rim ah-vad-eh-tee; ve’yayn rah-al ma-sach-ti, ki-mat sheh-avarti; kai-tz ba-vel Zeh-roo-ba-vel, le-kaitz shiv’im noh-shah-tee.

Keh-rot koh-mat beh-rosh bi-kaitz ah-ga-gi ben ha-meda-ah-ta; veh-niy-ah-ta lo le-mok-aish vega’av’ato nish-bah-tah; rosh ye-mee-nee nih-say-tah ve’oh-yayv sheh-moh ma-chee-tah; rov bah-nav ve-kin-yah-nav al ha-aitz tah-li-tah.

Yeh-vah-nim nik-betz-oo ah-ly az-aye bee-may chash-mah-nim; oo-fah-rehtzu choh-mot mig-dah-ly veh-ti-me-oo kol chash-mah-nim; oo-mee-noh-tar kan-kan-nim nah-ah-sah nais leh-shoh-shah-nim; beh-nay vee-na yeh-may-sheh-monah, kah-veh-oo shir ur-nah-ah-nim.

Click here for the Brachot in Hebrew

Click here for Maoz Tzur in Hebrew