December 20th, 2022 — Hanukkah Kavanot 2022/5783
Hag Sameah everybody, I’m Hillel Tigay. I’m the Hazzan here at IKAR, and I’m happy to be able to be sharing with you the blessings for lighting the Hanukkah candles. My two favorite Jewish holidays are Pesah/Passover and Hanukkah. Why? Because they’re ones that are largely celebrated in the home with the family and not publicly in the synagogue. My favorite parts of both of those are actually singing and harmonizing with my daughters. But they couldn’t be here today with us because I couldn’t come up with the bribe money to get them here. They’re that age. Anyway, I’m going to start with the blessing before the candle lighting to light your shamash and get ready to light the first candles.
Barukh Ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shell Hanukkah
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam she-asah nisim la-avoteinu ba-yamim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh
Hag sameah everybody!