Candle Lighting Times, Blessings & Songs

The preferable time to light the menorah is at nightfall. The menorah should remain lit for at least 30 minutes after nightfall. On Friday afternoon, the menorah should be lit 18 minutes before sundown.*

Saturday, December 24 ( 24 Kislev) – The 1st night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1, 2 and 3, kindle one light in the menorah. (Light the candles after Shabbat ends at 5:06pm.)

Sunday, December 25 ( 25 Kislev) – The 2nd night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle two lights in the menorah. (Sunset 4:20pm; Nightfall 4:52pm)

Monday, December 26 ( 26 Kislev) – The 3rd night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle three lights in the menorah.  (Sunset 4:21pm; Nightfall 4:53pm)

Tuesday, December 27 ( 27 Kislev) – The 4th night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle four lights in the menorah.  (Sunset 4:22pm; Nightfall 4:54pm)

Wednesday, December 28 ( 28 Kislev) – The 5th night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle five lights in the menorah.  (Sunset 4:22pm; Nightfall 4:55pm)

Thursday, December 29 ( 29 Kislev) – The 6th night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle six lights in the menorah.  (Sunset 4:23pm; Nightfall 4:55pm)

Friday, December 30 ( 30 Kislev) – The 7th night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle seven lights in the menorah.  The menorah should be lit before lighting the Shabbat Candles (18 minutes before sunset). (Candle Lighting 4:06pm; Sunset 4:24pm; Nightfall 4:56pm)

Saturday, December 31 ( 1 Tevet) – The 8th night of Hanukkah Recite blessings 1 and 2 and kindle eight lights in the menorah. (Light the candles after Shabbat ends at 5:11pm.)

* Sunset times listed are based on 02906 zip code.

 

Blessing 1:

 

 

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Ha-nuk-kah.

(Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light.)

Blessing 2:

 

 

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

(Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.)

Blessing 3 (Recited only on the first night):

 

 

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

(Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.)

After lighting the menorah, it’s customary to sing “Maoz Tzur” (Rock of Ages), the timeless song of the Maccabees’ fight for freedom.

מָעוֹז צוּר יְשׁוּעָתִי לְךָ נָאֶה לְשַׁבֵּחַ תִּכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי וְשָׁם תּוֹדָה נְזַבֵּחַ.
לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ. אָז אֶגְמוֹר בְּשִׁיר מִזְמוֹר חֲנֻכַּת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ.

Maoz tzur y’shuati
l’cha naeh l’shabeach
Tikon beit t’filati
v’sham todah n’zabeach.
L’eit tachin matbeach
mitzar hamnabeach
Az egmor b’shir mizmor
chanukat hamizbeach
Az egmor b’shir mizmor
Hanukkat hamizbeach.

Rock of Ages let our song,
Praise thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes,
Wast our sheltering tower.
Furiously they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.

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