To the Jew first and also to the Gentile To the Jew first and also to the Gentile


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Each night of the eight day festival, we celebrate by reading the story of the miracle of the oil, the associated stories in Daniel, and those of us who believe in G-D's Son Yeshua also read the story from John 10 and how the Messiah chose that time and place to announce that He was the one the Prophets had foretold.

The most graphic way to celebrate is to light the Hanukkah Menorah which has nine candleholders instead of the normal seven. This holder can be purchased from a synagogue gift shop, or simply made from a block of wood with nine holes drilled for small candles. The "Shamash" or "Servant" candle is usually set off to one side, or elevated slightly in the middle.

The first night, a candle is placed in the shamash position and one candle on the end. Then we light the shamash with a match or lighter, then take the shamash from its holder and light the other candle(s). The second night, we would place the shamash and two candles, etc.

On the first night we add:
Baruch atah Adonai Elohenu melekh ha-olam, she-he-khi-yanu v'kiyamanu v'higiyanu lazman hazeh.

Blessed are you, O L-RD our G-D, King of the universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us and brought us to this season.

More Information:

Click here for a printable version of the above candle blessings.

It is very easy to find many books with the story of Chanukkah in book stores, or you can read the short Chanukkah outline we present here.

Click here for a recipe for potato latkes, a traditional Chanukkah food.