Here are the blessings you recite before lighting the Hanukkah Menorah.  On the the first night of Hanukkah you recite the following three blessings.  Then on the second night and all other nights you only need to say the first two blessings.

  • THE FIRST BLESSING (RECITED ON ALL EIGHT NIGHTS OF HANUKKAH)
    • In Hebrew– Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam, Asher Kidshanu B’mitzvotav V’tzivanu L’hadlik Ner Shel Hanukkah.
    • In English– Blessed Are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler Of The Universe, Who Has Sanctified Us With Your Commandments And Commanded Us To Kindle The Lights Of Hanukkah.
  • THE SECOND BLESSING (RECITED ON ALL EIGHT NIGHTS OF HANUKKAH)
    • In Hebrew– Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam, She’asah Nisim L’avoteinu, B’yamim Haheim Bazman Hazeh.
    • In English– Blessed Are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler Of The Universe, Who Made Miracles For Our Forefathers In Those Days At This Time.
  • THE THIRD BLESSING (RECITED ONLY ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH)
    • In Hebrew– Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Haolam, Shehekheyanu, V’kiyamanu Vehegianu Lazman Hazeh.
    • In English– Blessed Are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler Of The Universe, Who Has Kept Us Alive, Sustained Us And Brought Us To This Season