Kabbalistic
Hanukkah Prayers

***** Blessing over Candles:

"Baruch Atah Adonai, Barucha At Shekhinah,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Baruch Atah YHVH/Elohim,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah.
(Amein)"

"Blessed are You,* Lord, and Blessed is Your Shekhinah,
Ruler of Time and Space;
Praise to You,* Elohim,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has sanctified us with the commandments
and commanded us to light the lights of Hanukkah.
(Amen)"

***** Blessing for Hanukkah:

"Baruch Atah Adonai, Barucha At Shekhinah,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Baruch Atah YHVH/Elohim,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
she'asah nisim la'avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh.
(Amein)"

"Blessed are You,* Lord, and Blessed is Your Shekhinah,
Ruler of Time and Space;
Praise to You,* Elohim,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.
(Amen)"

***** Shehechiyanu (first night only)

"Baruch Atah Adonai, Barucha At Shekhinah,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Baruch Atah YHVH/Elohim,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.
(Amein)"

"Blessed are You,* Lord, and Blessed is Your Shekhinah,
Ruler of Time and Space;
Praise to You,* Elohim,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has given us life,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***
(Amen)"

***** After reciting the blessings, use the shammus candle to light the Hanukkah candles from left to right (newest to oldest). Candles should be left burning until they go out on their own.

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Reform-Reconstructionist
Hanukkah Prayers

***** Blessing over Candles:

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Hashem,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah.
(Amein)"

"Praise to You,* Eternal One,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has sanctified us with the commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Hanukkah.
(Amen)"

***** Blessing for Hanukkah:

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Hashem,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
she'asah nisim la'avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh.
(Amein)"

"Praise to You,* Eternal One,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. (Amen)"

***** Shehechiyanu (first night only)

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Hashem,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.
 (Amein)"

"Praise to You,* Eternal One,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has given us life,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***
(Amen)"

***** After reciting the blessings, use the shammus candle to light the Hanukkah candles from left to right (newest to oldest). Candles should be left burning until they go out on their own.

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Orthodox-Conservative
Hanukkah Prayers

***** Blessing over Candles:

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Adonai,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah.
(Amein)"

"Praised are You,* Lord our God,
King of the Universe -
Who has sanctified us with the commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Hanukkah.
(Amen)"

***** Blessing for Hanukkah:

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Adonai,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
she'asah nisim la'avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh.
(Amein)"

"Praised are You,* Lord our God,
King of the Universe -
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.
(Amen)"

***** Shehechiyanu (first night only)

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Adonai,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.
(Amein)"

"Praised are You,* Lord our God,
King of the Universe -
Who has kept us alive,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***
(Amen)"

***** After reciting the blessings, use the shammus candle to light the Hanukkah candles from left to right (newest to oldest). Candles should be left burning until they go out on their own.

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[* "Blessed are You" or "Praised are You" or "Praise to You"]
[** "given us life" or "kept us alive"]
[*** "this moment" or "this day" or "this season"]

[Please note: Because "YHVH" is NEVER spoken, something else is always spoken instead. Orthodox and Conservative Jews use a masculine term for Deity ("Adonai" = "Lord"). Reform and Reconstructionist Jews often use a gender-neutral term ("HaShem" = "The Name") and refer to Deity as "Eternal One" or "Holy One". Kabbalists use gender-inclusive terms ("Elohim" or "Adonai"-"Shekhinah") to reunite the masculine and feminine elements of the Godhead.]