From Sages, here is HANUKKAH! It is indeed a Festival of lights, a celebration of     
                    1) PRAISES   2)THANKSGIVINGS 3) Including PRAYERS

Basic rules for your 9 branch, 8 candle and 1 leader candle holder of the Hanukkia menorah. This is not like the 6
branch, 7 menorah in the Temple, designed after the pattern given to Moses in the Torah.  You do not need or
have to use a tree Menorah, or even a candle holder. More explanation in the design category below. Just as long
as the wicks or candles are at least a fingers width apart, and in a straight line, and will burn for at least 30 minuets

Design:  Its design in history, was not necessarily even a Menorah or a tree like symbol. At one time thy would
put all the wicks in one pan.  As you can see in history, it was all about the FLAME, the FIRE, even if all the wicks
were put in the same oil, as long as the were in a relatively straight line, that was kosher.  You can see in
Jerusalem, the Oil city, as you walk through the antique rock passages, and the barred doors, outside, many
various types of ways, they display this  Festival of Lights. The lights should be spaced enough apart that it does
not appear to be as one flame, and the line of flames should be in a straight line, not a triangle or square or so
forth. They lights should also be equally spaced apart. The leader candle

Candles: Candles is just fine says, Famous Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (February 27, 1903 – April 9, 1993) An
American Orthodox rabbi, greatly honored by most of the Chef rabbi;s of Jerusalem. Oil can present difficulties.


The name "Hanukkah" derives from the Hebrew verb "HANUK", meaning "to dedicate". On Hanukkah, the Jews
regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple.

We light these lights for the miracles and the wonders, for the redemption and the battles that you made for our
forefathers, in those days at this season, through your holy priests. During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights
are sacred, and we are not permitted to make ordinary use of them except for to look at them in order to express
thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and Your salvations. The oil that was only
meant to last for a day, lasted SEVEN more days! Publish the Miracle!
An eight-day Jewish festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the
victory in 165 b.c. of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes
HANUKKAOT has a Hebrew meaning:  to DEDICATE OR CONSECREATE to for or to a Sacred Purpose
Let the Spiritual Blessing of Hanukkah, assist you in your Spiritual
re-dedication to YHWH the Lord God of Israel
Ancient and Traditional: One Candle is light per household every night during the 8 days
of Hanukkah. No matter the size of the family, only one candle is lite along with the reciting
of the blessings listed in the Link
People who wish to enhance the experience of the Blessing may allow each and every
member and guest light their own candle. One for each person and also, may be set in a
window allowing the publicizing of the burning of the candles. Prayers recited as well
                                                    A few things here concering a tree like Manoirah Hanukkiot. First there may be
                                                    one per household and as well, in some of the tradition, also may each person light
one Hanukkah if so enthused. Also there is the method of lighting. Genearlly, candles are lite as such:  The first night one candle is
lite with by the leader candle, or shmaash. both are allowed to burn, but is one. The second night the first and the second are lite
by the leader candle. They are lite from right to left according to  Beit Hillel method  and increased until the last day, you have eight
candles lite plus ONE.  The  Beit Shammai maintain: On the first day eight lights are lit and thereafter they are gradually reduced.
Prayers are also recieted
The Mitzvah of Hanukkah is to light candles, say prayers and eat festive!
ONCE ONLY, FIRST NIGHT Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe

who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Chanukkah. (Amen)

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time

The Psalm MUST be read on Hanukkah!

1 I will exalt you, Lord,for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,and you healed me.

3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,“I will never be shaken.”

7 Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,  I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 113 is also read. You may go all the way to 118 on you own

1 Hallelu to YAH

Praise the Lord , you his servants;

praise the name of the HaShem.

2Let the name of the Lord be praised,

both now and forevermore.

3From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,

the name of the Lord is to be praised.

4The Lord is exalted over all the nations,

his glory above the heavens.

5Who is like the Lord our God,

the One who sits enthroned on high,

6who stoops down to look

on the heavens and the earth?

7He raises the poor from the dust

and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

8he seats them with princes,

with the princes of his people.

9He settles the childless woman in her home

as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.