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Chanukah Exercises Part Two 5770

Chanukah Exercises- Part Two: Change the Sixth Candle for the Third for this year, 5774


Pirsumei Nissa – Publicize the Miracle

L’Hodot – Thank You

L’Hallel – Rejoice in Song

Candle – Potential


Fifth Candle:

Reconnect with “miraculous experiences” that have lost their magic over time.

Practice each Mitzvah you perform during the day as an expression of thanks to God.

Prepare extra lights for Shabbat.

Sing Shabbat songs as you prepare for Shabbat.



Sixth Candle:

Recall the experience of the miraculous with the birth of each child before blessing him or her.

Have everyone at the Shabbat Table share a personal story of Divine Providence.

Celebrate one of the Shabbat meals as a “Seudat Hoda’ah” a Thanks giving meal in honor of all the good in your life.

Sing a song of gratitude for 15 minutes without any interruption.


Seventh Candle:

Sing the Psalm of Thanksgiving (#100) when you light and throughout the day.

Collect the charity solicitations you have received in the mail and review with your spouse and/or children what your Tzedaka priorities will be over the coming year.

Use your Melava Malka, (Feast to Escort the Shabbat Queen) to study one paragraph of Hallel.



Eight Candle:

Dance in honor of the climax of Chanukah.

Focus on the Modim blessing in the Amidah. Make a mental list of things for which you are grateful to God.

Construct a “Thank You Machine”, commonly know as a Tzedaka Box, to use throughout the year whenever you feel grateful to God.

Have a feast to conclude the holiday. Review the high points of the Chag.




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