How lucky are we, Bet Torah, to have this wonderful community? Indeed, how blessed are we to have a people, and such rich and meaningful traditions? Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of freedom over repression, the light of goodness and truth over darkness... so let's get ready to light those candles! And while we're at it - eat a few latkes, spin a few dreidels....
Heads up, the first night of Hanukkah is this coming Saturday night, December 24. And since a little review never hurts: we place the candles in the hanukkiyah (more commonly called the Hanukkah menorah) from right to left, but we light the candles each night from left to right, so we are always lighting the new candle first. Although, actually, the first candle lit is always the shammash, the "helper" candle in the middle.
In addition to the text (with transliteration) of the candle-lighting blessings, we have attached a few recordings for you:
- Text For The Candle Lighting Blessings
- Recording for Hanukkah Blessings
- The First verse of Ma'oz Tzur (Rock of Ages - a VERY ancient melody, goes back at least 600 years!)
- A recording I made a few years ago of a wonderful Hanukkah song, Candle of Freedom, composed by my dear friend Stan Schwartz. (see YouTube video below)
May the light of our people - and the candles of freedom -
burn brightly for us all this holiday season.
Wishing everyone a happy Hanukkah -
Cantor Herman and the whole Bet Torah crew