Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah . Blessed are you Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who has made us holy through God’s commandments, and commanded us to light the Hanukkah candles.
The traditional Hanukkah candle lighting service consists of saying all three blessings on the first night, and only the first and second blessings for the seven nights to follow. Transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tsivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah .
Wishing someone “Happy Hanukkah ” or ” Chanukah Sameach” are perfectly appropriate greetings. The latter is Hebrew and both say the same thing.
On the first night of Hanukkah, place a candle in the holder on the far right, and light it with the shamash. Then put the shamash back in its spot (leaving it lit). On the second night, light the candle second from the right, then the candle on the far right, and replace the lit shamash.
What is the proper greeting for Hanukkah ? To wish someone a Happy Hanukkah , say “ Hanukkah Sameach!” ( Happy Hanukkah ) or simply “Chag Sameach!” ( Happy Holiday). Or if you want to show off your Hebrew skills, say “Chag Urim Sameach!” (urim means “lights”).
During the Hanukkah holiday, families eat latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (round jelly doughnuts), and other foods to celebrate the miracle of the Festival of Lights.
Definitely not! Not only should you insert the shamash into the menorah before you light it, you should insert all the candles that need to be lit that day before you start lighting any of them.
In another allusion to the Hanukkah miracle, traditional Hanukkah foods are fried in oil. Potato pancakes (known as latkes) and jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot) are particularly popular in many Jewish households. Other Hanukkah customs include playing with four-sided spinning tops called dreidels and exchanging gifts.
“ Happy Hanukkah !” “Hanukkah Sameach!” (meaning, “ Happy Hanukkah !”) “ Chag Sameach !” (meaning, “ Happy Holiday!”) “Chag Urim Sameach!” (meaning, “ Happy Festival of Lights!”)
On the first night of Hanukkah one light (candle or oil) is lit on the right side of the menorah, on the following night a second light is placed to the left of the first but it is lit first , and so on, proceeding from placing candles right to left but lighting them from left to right over the eight nights.
The best response to Happy Chanukah ? “Thank you.” P.S. For clarification: I don’t go around wishing people Happy Chanukah , but when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas during Chanukah , I say, “Thank you!
Eight candles symbolize the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth, the shamash, is a helper candle used to light the others. Families light one candle on the first day, two on the second (and so on) after sundown during the eight days of Hanukkah , while reciting prayers and singing songs.
The seven lamps allude to the branches of human knowledge, represented by the six lamps inclined inwards towards, and symbolically guided by, the light of God represented by the central lamp. The menorah also symbolizes the creation in seven days, with the center light representing the Sabbath.
A: The candles are lighted in the opposite direction from how they are placed in the chanukiah. They are lighted from left to right , so that the newest candle is always lighted first.