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How to Celebrate Hanukkah

If you decide to celebrate Hanukkah in your home you’ll need a menorah.

Beautiful multi-colored Israeli-made candles are available for those who light menorahs. Any library or bookstore should have a good selection of illustrated books telling the story of Hanukkah for children.

Have festive meals for the eight days, say silent prayer three times a day and each night while lighting the menorah, talk to your children about Jesus being the light.

Blessings for Lighting the Candles

  1. Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Chanukah.
  2. Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.
  3. The following blessing is said only on the first evening (or the first time one kindles the lights this Chanukah):Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.

After Kindling the Lights the Hallalu is Recited.

Hallalu

“We kindle these lights (to commemorate) the saving acts, miracles and wonders which You have performed for our forefathers, in those days at this time, through Your holy kohanim. Throughout the eight days of Chanukah, these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make use of them, but only to look at them, in order to offer thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, for Your wonders and for Your salvations.”

Work

Hanukkah is not considered sacred, so all work is allowed during the eight-day period except for the weekly Sabbath.

Gifts

Gift giving on each of the eight nights is an American tradition that probably came from the pressures American Jews faced from their children missing Christmas. If you’d like to give a small gift each night, or a large gift the first or last night of Hanukkah, it is up to your family. Create your own family tradition.

Each night read verses about the light, the commentary, and talk of the different symbolism of Jesus.

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