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Humanistic Hanukkah Blessings

an image of two elderly adults standing on either side of a child. They are standing in front of two hanukkah memorahs and three candles are lit, indicating it is the second night of hanukkah.
Every night
Lighting the shamash we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר בָּאָדָם בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר בָּעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מְחָדְשֵׁינוּ בְּמָסוֹרְתֵינוּ בּהַדלָקָת נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה
 
Barukh ha-or ba-adam, barukh ha-or ba’olam, asher mekhadsheinu b’masorteinu, b’hadlakat ner shel hanukkah.
 
Blessed is the light in humanity, blessed is the light in the world, that renews us with our traditions, as we kindle the hanukah lights.
 
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר בָּאָדָם בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר בָּעוֹלָם בְּרוּכִים הַמַעֲשִֹים טוֹבִים לָעַמִים בָּזְמַן הַזֶה
 
Barukh ha'or ba'adam, barukh ha'or ba’olam, berukhim hama’asim tovim la’amim bazman hazeh
 
Blessed is the light in humanity, blessed is the light in the world blessed are the good deeds done for people in this time.
 
 

Adapted from “The Eight Lights of Chanukah”
by Marilyn Rowens, Humanistic Judaism, Winter 1979 
 
On the first night
Lighting the first candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל תְבוּנָה 
 
Barukh ha'or shel tevunah
 
Blessed is the light of reason, the light that teaches us to see the difference between right and wrong. 
 
 
On the second night
Lighting the second candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל כָּבוֹד עַצמִי 
 
Barukh ha'or shel kavod atzmi
 
Blessed is the light of self-esteem, the light that inspires us to believe in ourselves. 
 
 
On the third night
Lighting the third candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל אֹמֶץ 
 
Barukh ha'or shel ometz
 
Blessed is the light of courage, the light that gives us the strength to stand up for our beliefs. 
 
 
On the fourth night
Lighting the fourth candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל חֵרוּת 
 
Barukh ha'or shel kherut
 
Blessed is the light of freedom, the light that reminds us to take responsibility for our own lives. 
 
 
On the fifth night
Lighting the fifth candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל אַהֲבָה 
 
Barukh ha'or shel ahavah
 
Blessed is the light of love, the light that enables us to care for those in need. 
 
 
On the sixth night
Lighting the sixth candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל נֶאֱמָנוּת 
 
Barukh ha'or shel ne’emanut
 
Blessed is the light of loyalty, the light that helps us keep our promises to those who depend on us. 
 
 
On the seventh night
Lighting the seventh candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל נְדִיבוּת
 
Barukh ha'or shel nedivut
 
Blessed is the light of generosity, the light that encourages us to give even when we do not receive. 
 
 
On the eighth night
Lighting the eighth candle we say:
 
בָּרוּךְ הַאוֹר שֶׁל תִקוָה
 
Barukh ha'or shel tikvah
 
Blessed is the light of hope, the light that leads us to a vision of a better world. 
 
 

Ocho Kandelikas
Eight Little Candles
by Flory Jagoda, 1983
 
Hanukkah linda sta aki
Ocho kandelas para mi
Hanukkah linda sta aki
Ocho kandelas para mi, oh!
 
Una kandelika, dos kandelikas
Tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas
Sintyu kandelikas, sej kandelikas
Siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi
 
Muchas fiestas vo fazer
Kon alegria i plazer
Muchas fiestas vo fazer
Kon alegria i plazer
Los pastelikos vo kumer
Kon almendrikas i la myel
Los pastelikos vo kumer
Kon almendrikas i la myel, oh!
 
Una kandelika, dos kandelikas
Tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas….. 
 
Beautiful hanukkah is here
eight candles for me,
Beautiful hanukkah is here,
eight candles for me, oh!

Chorus:
One little candle, two little candles,
Three little candles, four little candles;
Five little candles, six little candles, seven little candles,
Eight little candles for me.

Lots of parties I will do 
With happiness and pleasure 
Dainty pastries to eat
With almonds and honey, oh!

Chorus
One little candle, two little candles,
Three little candles, four little candles;

Five little candles, six little candles, seven little candles,
Eight little candles for me
 
 
 

Mi Yimalel
Who Can Tell?
 
מי ימלל גבורות ישראל
אותן מי ימנה
הן בכל דור יקום הגיבור
גואל העם 
שמע
בימים ההם בזמן הזה
מכבי מושיע ופודה
ובימינו כל העולם
יתאחד, יקום ויגאל
 
Mi yimalel gvurot Yisrael?
Otan mi yimne?
Hen be'khol dor yakum ha’gibor
Goel ha'am!
Shma!
Ba'yamim ha'hem ba'zman ha’ze
Maccabi moshia u’fode
U'v'yameinu kol ha’olam
Yitakhed yakum ve’yigael!
 
Who can tell of the deeds of our people?
Who can count them?
In every generation a hero arises
To save the people. 
Listen!
In those days at this time
The Maccabee saved and redeemed
But in our days the whole people of the world
Will unite, arise, and save.
 
 

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