- Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
- Duration: 46 min
BIRKAT HANER; The Blessing over Lighting the Hanukkah Candle
- 37 min 29 sec
The Berakhah we recite before lighting Nerot Hanukkah - which even a young child knows well - presents a problem insofar as we thank God for commanding us to...light Ner Hanukkah; God never directly commanded us to do so. The Gemara (Shabbat 23) addresses this issue; we explore this passage along with a related passage in the Yerushalmi, along with briefly surveying the wide range of variant texts of the Berakhah.