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What blessing is recited when lighting the Holiday Candles?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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(Important notes: a. See here for the special high Holiday blessings. b. The Sheheciyanu blessing is not recited on the last day(s) of Passover).


 1. Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam asher kid-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-vanu li-had-leek ner shel Yom Tov.


[Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holiday.]


If the holiday cioncides with a Friday night, instead of the above we recite the following blessing:


Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam asher kid-e-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav v'tzi-vanu li-had-lik ner shel Shabbat v'Yom Tov.


[Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of Shabbat and the Holiday.]


2. Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam she-he-che-yanu, v'kee-manu, v'hee-gee-anu l'zman hazeh.


[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.] 


The blessings are recited after we light the candles.


[Ed. note: also read "How does Holiday candle-lighting differ than Shabbat candle-lighting?" as well as "Is the Shehechiyanu blessing recited whenever ligting holiday candles?"]


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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Passover
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Yom Tov
Jewish Holiday.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.