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Chanukah

Candle Blessings

Candles are added to the Chanukiah 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:

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.

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

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

For first night only:

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.

Chanukah Songs

O Chanukah O Chanukah 

Folk melody; English: F. Minkoff

O Chanukah O Chanukah, 
Come light the menorah 
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora 
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat 
S’vivon to play with and latkes to eat 
And while we are playing, 
the candles are burning low 
One for each night, they shed a sweet light 
to remind us of days long ago (2x)

Ma'oz Tzur/Rock of Ages

Ma'oz tzur y’shuati 
l’cha na-eh l’shabei-ach 
tikon beit t’filati 
v’sham todah n’zabei-ach 
l’eit tachin matbei-ach, mitzar 
ham’nabei-ach 
az egmor 
b’shir mizmor 
chanukat hamizbei-ach.

Rock of Ages, let our song praise Your saving power. 
You amidst the raging foes were our sheltering tower. 
Furious they assailed us but Your arm availed us. 
And Your word broke their sword 
when our own strength failed us.

Sevivon, sov sov sov

S’vivon sov, sov, sov, 
Chanukah hu chag tov! 
Chanukah hu chag tov! 
S’vivon sov, sov, sov.

Chag simchah hu laam, 
Neis gadol hayah sham 
Neis gadol hayah sham 
Chag simchah hu laam.

 

 
Mi Y ' Maleil?/Who Can Retell?

Mi y’maleil g’vu-rot Yisraeil? 
Otan mi yim-neh? 
Hein b’chol dor ya-kum ha-gi- 
bor go-eil ha-am 
Sh’ma! Bayamim ha-heim 
bazman hazeh, 
Makabi moshia ufodeh, 
Uv-yameinu kol am Yisraeil, 
yit-acheid yakum l’hi-ga-eil.

Who can retell the things that befell us? 
Who can count them? 
In ev’ry age a hero or sage came to our aid

Not by might

Not by might and not by power, but by spirit alone 
Shall we all live in peace. (2x)

The children sing, 
the children dream. 
And their tears may fall but 
we’ll hear them call 
and another song will rise, another song will rise, another song will rise!

Not by might and not by power, but by spirit alone 
Shall we all live in peace. 
Not by might, not by power, SHALOM!

 

Chanukah Tunes

A Light Approach to Learning

  • G-dcast Spins Hanukkah! What’s Chanukah, you ask? Spin yourself back in time to learn the story, and why we celebrate miracles in the darkest and coldest part of the year with this short animated movie. Ages 9+.
  • This URJ Parents’ Page (PDF) explores how Hanukkah is celebrated in Israel.

Chanukah Yuks

Chanukah Fun

 

 

 

Chanukah Yums

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