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Blessings on the Menorah Second Night

Blessings on the Menorah Second Night

Channukiah-BLOG-2Messianic Jews around the world are celebrating both Chanukah and Yeshua the Light of the World. On the second night of Chanukah, two candles are placed in the far right candle holders of the Chanukiah. The candles are lit with the Servant Candle from left to right, honoring the newer one first according the Jewish custom. The blessings below are .  To celebrate the light of Yeshua during the Feast of Lights, we’ve included some verses from the the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) that we hope will bless you as Messianic Jews and Gentile Believers alike.

Before kindling the Chanukah lights on the second night of Chanukah, Tuesday December 08, 2015, (or if you’re kindling the Chanukah lights for the first time this year) recite all three blessings. On every subsequent night only the first two are recited.

Recited only on the first night (or the first time lighting this Chanukah):

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

3. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Scripture Readings & Prayer

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness” (John 12:46 NASB).

LORD, You have made the way out of the darkness of our sin – by the gift of Yeshua, Your Son, the Light of the World. Yeshua, thank You for Your light and for Your sacrifice. Thank You that s through faith in You that we can walk in Your light. Thank You that You have dispelled the darkness of our souls by Your atoning sacrifice and forgiveness. By faith we believe. May Your light shine brightly upon us and give us new life every day as we trust You more.

Chanukah is also called the Feast of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. For Messianic Jews, the celebration of Chanukah has a multiplied meaning. Not only is it a celebration of the miracle God performed in Israel’s history for the Temple rededication, as Believers in Yeshua it is a celebration of Yeshua, who is the Light of the world given for our salvation. His life on earth was dedicated to the mission of providing us the way to God. His light brings hope, cleansing, and life.