Chanukah: The Festival of Lights
The Blessings for Kindling the Chanukah Lights
Do you need the blessings to light up for this brilliant and joyous holiday? Look no further! We have them right here for you; along with English translations and instructions provided by yours truly. Click on the image to download it in a simple PDF format so that its ready to print out or read from your notebook with no fuss!
Those with a keen eye will notice that the blessings are exactly the same in all customs, except that we do not include the word “shel.” Though ordinarily we would use the word “shel” while saying the blessings for Shabbat lights. Sephardim, Chassidim and Kabbalists do not when we are saying the Chanukah blessings. This is because ordinarily we are lighting Sabbath lights in order to enable us to do our Sabbath duties by; thus they are lights for (shel) Shabbat. Making Shabbat in the home is the mitzvah, not lighting candles. However, during Chunukah “lehadlik oseh mitzvah / the kindling is the mitzvah.” (Shulchan Aruch 673:2)
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