Hanukkah Last Night- Which was the first night

I am grateful for the holiday season. I thought I was ready to go. I placed my menorah on the side table because I hadn’t removed all of the Thanksgiving decorations from the dining room  table.


I looked up the prayers because I don’t have them in my long term memory bank. I got out my candles and had an overwhelming sense of grief. It was unexpected. Yesterday was my aunt’s first birthday not here on this earth. We spent so many holidays together. Facebook reminded me with a photo from two years ago. It was the 28 of Nov. 2019. My aunt shared our Thanksgiving and her birthday with us. It was the last time she celebrated her birthday in my home. Covid deprived us of the next two. 

1st Blessing TRANSLITERATION
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tsivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah. 
Translation
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy with your commandments, commanding us to kindle (light) the Hanukkah lights.

2nd Blessing TRANSLITERATION
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, she-asah nisim la-avoteinu v’imoteinu bayamim haheim bazman hazeh.
TRANSLATION
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in those ancient days at this season.

Hanukkah Blessings #3: Shehecheyanu
TRANSLITERATION
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.
TRANSLATION
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

I did not light the candles last night. Instead, I sat in quiet contemplation. I thought about the family and friends who sent me holiday greetings. I am grateful that I have caring people in my life. I ate the two pieces of my favorite See’s Candy my cousin brought me. I opened a sweet gift from my dear friend. I read my holiday cards. Then I wept for the loss that my heart felt for all my loved ones no longer here.   

My post from 2019 is here. where is talk about attempting to make blintzes. Another is here. In 2020 for the first night I found world view prayers to add to each night when lighting the candles. In 2018 I wrote about preparing for Hanukah with books, music, and my menorah collection.

 

Today was a better day.

 

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