- Step 1: Position your menorah Position your menorah. Place the menorah in or near a window facing the street on the left side of your home, as you face the entrance from outside.
- TIP: Placing a menorah in a window for passerbys to see fulfills the commandment to publicize the miracle.
- Step 2: Put a candle in the holder At nightfall, on the first evening of the Hanukkah holiday, put a candle into the holder at the far right of the menorah as you face it.
- Step 3: Light the shamash Light the shamash, the candle used to light the others, and recite the three Hanukkah blessings.
- TIP: Never use the Hanukkah candles to light each other.
- Step 4: Light the first candle Light the first candle and place the still-lit shamash in its holder, which is usually above or below the other candles.
- Step 5: Pray After lighting the first candle, recite or chant the Hanerot Halalu prayer.
- TIP: At this point, many people sing Maoz Tsur or other appropriate Hanukkah songs.
- Step 6: Let the candle burn Let the candles burn for at least 30 minutes.
- Step 7: Continue lighting candles On the second through eighth nights, add a candle to the left of the previous one and repeat the process, lighting the newer candle first and moving right. Eliminate the first candle blessing.
- Step 8: On Fridays, light the menorah first On Friday nights, always light the Hanukkah candles before the Shabbat candles. Light the menorah before sunset.
- FACT: Since oil is so important to the holiday, Hanukkah foods are often fried.
You Will Need
- A menorah with eight candleholders
- plus one for the shamash
- 9 candles
- Matches or a lighter