The following blessing is recited when the Menorah is lit:
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohaynu melech haolam, asher kidshanu b’mitsvotav, v’tsivanu, l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah. (translation: We praise You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by Your Mitzvot and enjoined us to kindle the Chanukah lights.)
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohaynu melech haoalm, she-asa nisim la-a-vo-tenu, ba-ya-mim ha-hem bazman haze. (translation: We praise You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.)
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohaynu melech haolam, she-he-che-yanu v’ki-y’manu, v’higianu lazman haze. (translation: We praise You, O Lord our god, King of the universe, who has given us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this season.) (This last verse recited only on the first night.)
Light or Life
Depending on which rabbi you are listening to, Day 1 stands for light or life. Either speaks of Y’shua.
Light causes us to reflect" upon the words of Melech (King) David, who stated in Tehillim (Psalm) 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Our prophet, Yeshaya (Isaiah), stated: “Come house of Ya’acov (Jacob), and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
As we already mentioned Y’shua, Jesus, claimed to be that light in Yohanan (John) 8:12, but also earlier in his book, Yohanan declared: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (chapter 1, verses 4-5) Y’shua, Jesus, dispels all darkness and brings us Life, the alternative meaning to this day.
Life is precious and should be appreciated as the gift from God that it is. God’s Son, Y’shua, Jesus, also gave us life and gives it more abundantly, according to Yohanan (chapter 10, the end of verse 10). Furthermore, Y’shua, Jesus, declared in Yohanan 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me, shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me, shall never die.” Y’shua, Jesus, came that we might have light and life; represented well by the Shamash (servant) candle bringing light and life to the other candles.
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