Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light.
Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.
These three blessings will be said this evening at the household tables of many of my friends and especially one table of friends that are really, for Laurent and I, family. And after the first candle has been lit this lovely canticle, Hanerot Halalu will be sung.
My wish for my friends as they observe this festival: May the light of each day shine forth from your homes as a witness of the miracle of the oil.
Chag Urim Sameach
On this day in 1922: One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.