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HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING 2023

HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING 2023

By Eric Carlson on December 1, 2023

The Hanukkah celebration is a time for family and prayer. Hanukkah is a time to focus on the light of the world, Yeshua. The Hanukkah (9 branch) menorah should be placed in a window or outside to publicize this great miracle. The candles are placed in the menorah from left to right and the candles are kindled from right to left. The center candle is called the shammash (caretaker/helper). The shamash is removed, lit, and used to kindle the other candles then returned to its holder. The first night of Hanukkah you will have two candles in your menorah, the Shamash and one candle for the first night of Hanukkah. The second night you will have three candles, the Shamash and two candles on the far right of the menorah representing two nights of Hanukkah and so on through the eight days! On the last night of Hanukkah you will have all nine candles in the menorah. You will need a total of 44 candles for the entire Hanukkah celebration. The candles should be lit after sundown and the whole family should be gathered (it’s acceptable to wait past sundown so that the entire family can gather around the menorah). The candles should remain lit for at least 30 minutes. The following blessings are recited when kindling the candles:

Lighting the Candles

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר חֲנֻכָּה 

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam,
Asher Kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu, Le hadlik Ner Hanukkah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the universe, who has set us apart by Your commandments and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.

Miracles

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בִּזְּמַן הַזֶּה

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam,
Sh’asa Nissim La’avoteinu Bayamim Hahim B’zman Hazeh.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.

The Mashiach

ברוח אתא יהוה אלוהנו מלך העולם אשר נתן לנו את דרך הישוע במשיח ישוע

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha olam, asher natan lanu et Derek ha Yeshua, b’Mashiach, Yeshua.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has given us the way of salvation in Messiah Yeshua.

Shehechiyanu

ברוך אתה יהוה אלוהינו מלך העולמ שהחינו וקימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה.

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloiheinu Melech ha olam sh’hekiyanu v’kiyimanu
v’higiyanu l’azman hazeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.

After the blessings, kindle the candle or candles. The following scriptures may be read, followed by family fellowship. This is a quiet time, a time focused on our heavenly Father. Shut off the television, turn off the radio, and enter into the presence of the Most High God!

Night One

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2023 @ sunset:
Isaiah 60:19, Psalm 27:1.

Night Two

Friday, Dec 8th, 2023 @ sunset:
Psalm 119:105, 119:130, Proverbs 6:23.

Night Three

Saturday, Dec 9th, 2023 @ sunset:
Matthew 5:16, Luke 11:30.

Night Four

Sunday, Dec 10th, 2023 @ sunset:
Luke 11:34, Acts 26:18.

Night Five

Monday, Dec 11th, 2023 @ sunset:
John 1:4-5, John 8:12, John 12:35-36.

Night Six

Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2023 @ sunset:
Acts 26:12-18.

Night Seven

Wednesday, Dec 13th, 2023 @ sunset:
Ephesians 5:8-11, I Peter 2:9,
Ephesians 5:11-15,I John 1:5-9.

Night Eight

Thursday, Dec 14th, 2023 @ sunset:
Philippians 2:14-16.