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.)
Day 2 stands for Reason which separates humankind from all other creatures. The fact that God, our Creator, has given us the ability to reason with our minds, should be a guiding light that brings us to our Maker. Yeshaya (Isaiah) 1:18 states, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”
What an invitation! To bring to the Lord all our short-comings, all our faults, all our own ways and reasonings (rather than following God’s way for us) and be given complete forgiveness, a clean slate; to exchange the filth of our “righteous” works (“…and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment”(Yeshaya (Isaiah) 64:6 ) for His purity, His cleanliness; to be allowed one day to come into God’s presence wrapped in the garment of Messiah’s righteousness, oh! what a gift! Indeed –the greatest gift man can ever be given.
May we come to Elohim (God) our Maker and allow Him to not only forgive us but also from that point forward to be our reasoning guide that we might walk through life in the Light of His Word.
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