Chanukah

Everyone has their own personal vision of Chanukah.  Some view it as a celebration of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt.  Some view it as a commemoration of the Miracle of the Oil that should have lasted for only one day in the Ne’er Tamid (eternal flame) of the Temple but lasted for eight days, long enough to produce and consecrate new oil.  Some see it as a reason to watch the Rugrats Chanukah special, eat latkes and jelly doughnuts and spin the dreidel.

In the spirit of these diverse Chanukah observances, Columbia/Barnard Hillel offers a multitude of opportunities for its community to experience the holiday.  All week you can stop by the Kraft Center to pick up dreidels and gelt!  Need a menorah and candles? They’re available for $2 each at the Kraft Center!

Want to host your own Chanukah celebration for you and your friends? Sign up here or email megan@hillel.columbia.edu!

 

CLICK HERE to check out what we have in store for Chanukah 2015!

 

Blessing over Candles
Hebrew
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Hebrew
asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
Hebrew
l’had’lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)
to light the lights of Chanukkah. (Amen)

 

Blessing for Chanukkah
Hebrew
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Hebrew
she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time
Shehecheyanu (first night only)
Hebrew
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Hebrew
shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higi’anu laz’man hazeh. (Amein)
who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)