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חנוכה | Kavvanah for the Mitzvah of Kindling the Ḥanukah Lights by Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov (trans. Morah Yehudis Fishman)


לְשֵׁם יִחוּד קֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא וּשְׁכִינְתֵּהּ, בִּדְחִילוּ וּרְחִימוּ וּרְחִימוּ וּדְחִילוּ, לְיַחֵד שֵׁם י״ה בְּו״ה בְּיִחוּדָא שְׁלִים בְּשֵׁם כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל. הִנְנִי מְכַוֵּן בְּהַדְלָקַת נֵר חֲנוּכָּה לְקַיֵם מִצְוַת בּוֹרְאִי כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוּוּנִי חֲכָמֵינוּ ז”ל לְתַקֵן אֶת שׁוֹרְשָׁה בְּמָקוֹם עֶלְיוֹן:‏
For the purpose of the unification of the Holy One and His divine (feminine) Presence, with trepidation and love and love and trepidation, to unify the name Yud-Kay with Vav-Kay (the four letters of the Tetragrammaton) with a complete unity in the name of all Israel, behold I intend in the lighting of the Hanukkah candle to fulfill the command of my Creator as our wise men of blessed memory have commanded us to repair her root in a supernal abode.

וּבְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ שֶׁתְּהֵא חֲשׁוּבָה וּמְקֻבֶּלֶת וּמְרֻצָּה לְפָנֶיךָ מִצְוַת הַדְלָקַת נֵר חֲנוּכָּה כְּאִלּוּ כִּוַּנְתִּי כָּל הַכַּוָּנוֹת שֶׁכִּוְּנוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים מְשָׁרְתֵי הַשֵׁם בְּעֵת אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱרוּ לַמָּוֶת נַפְשָׁם בִּשְׁבִיל כְּבוֹד שִׁמְךָ הַגָדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר וְהַנּוֹרָא.‏
And so, may it be Your will before You, the L-rd our G-d and G-d of our ancestors, that the commandment of lighting the Hanukkah candle should be as important , accepted, and desirable before You as if I had intended all the intentions that were intended by the priests, the ministers of G-d, at the time that they aroused their souls to the death for the sake of the honor of Your great, powerful and awesome name.

וְאַתָּה בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים עוֹרַרְתָּ נִצְחֲךָ עֲלֵיהֶם לְנַצֵּחַ אֶת אוֹיְבֵיהֶם וּלְנַצֵחַ עַל מְלֶאכֶת בֵּית יְיָ, וְהִנְנִי עוֹשֶׂה עַל דַּעְתָּם וְעַל כַּוָּנָתָם וְעַל דַּעַת כָּל הַצַדִּיקִים וְהַחֲסִידִים שֶׁהָיוּ בְּאוֹתוֹ הַדּוֹר שֶׁהִשְׁפַּעְתָּ לָהֶם נִסֶּיךָ וְזָכוּ לֵאוֹר בְּאוֹר הַחַיִּים, וְעַל דַּעַת כָּל הַצַּדִּיקִים וְהַחֲסִידִים שֶׁבְּדוֹרוֹתֵינוּ, וּפִי כְּפִיהֶם וַעֲשִׂיָּתִי כַּעֲשִׂיָּתָם, וּבִזְכוּת הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת תְּזַכֵּנוּ לְנַצֵּחַ אֶת אוֹיְבֵינוּ וּלְנַצֵּחַ עַל מְלֶאכֶת בֵּית יְיָ, וְגַלֵּה כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתְךָ עָלֵינוּ מְהֵרָה וְלֹא יָמוּשׁ הַתּוֹרָה מִפִּינוּ וּמִפִּי זַרְעֵינוּ וּמִפִּי זֶרַע זַרְעֵינוּ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם, וְנִזְכֶּה לְבָנִים תַּלְמִידֵי חֲכָמִים אָמֵן כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן.‏
And You, through your abundant compassion, awakened Your victory upon them, to overcome their opponents and to be victorious for the activities of the house of G-d. Behold I serve as an extension of their awareness and intention and on the awareness of all the righteous and pious ones that were in that generation, upon whom You bestowed Your miracles and who merited to shine with the illumination of life. With the awareness of all the righteous and the pious in our generation, and with the mouth of their mouths and the acts of their acts, and in the merit of this mitzvah, may You cause us to merit to win over our opponents and to be victorious for the service of G-d’s Home, and reveal the glory of Your majesty upon us speedily. May the Torah never depart from our mouths and the mouths of our offspring, and the offspring of our offspring, from now and forever. And may we merit children who are students of the wise, Amen, so may it be Your will.

קַדְּשֵׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתֶיךָ וְתֵן חֶלְקֵנוּ בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ שַׂבְּעֵנוּ מִטוּבֶךָ וְשַׂמַּח נַפְשֵׁנוּ בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ וְטַהֵר לִבֵּנוּ לְעָבְדְךָ בֶּאֱמֶת.‏
Sanctify us in Your commandments and give us a portion in Your Torah. Satiate us from Your goodness, cause our souls to rejoice in Your salvations, and purify our hearts to serve You in truth.

מְלֹךְ עַל כָּל הָעוֹלָם כֻּלּוֹ בִּכְבוֹדֶךָ וְהִנָּשֵׂא עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ בִּיקָרֶךָ וְהוֹפַע בַּהֲדַר גְּאוֹן עֻזֶּךָ עַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵבֵל אַרְצֶךָ, וְיֵדַע כָּל פָּעוּל כִּי אַתָּה פְעַלְתּוֹ וְיָבִין כָּל יְצִיר כִּי אַתָּה יְצַרְתּוֹ וְיֹאמַר כֹּל אֲשֶׁר נְשָׁמָה בְאַפּוֹ (בגי’ חנוכה) יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מֶלֶךְ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ בַּכּל מָשָׁלָה (בגי’ כ”ו פעמים חנ”ה אותיות חנוכה, ובגי’ מתתיהו בן יוחנן כהן גדול חשמנאי ובניו).‏
Draw the whole world to Your glory, be elevated above all the earth in Your splendor, and manifest in the magnificent majesty of Your might over all the dwellers of Your terrestrial plane. And may every creature know that you made it, may every created being understand that You created it, and may all who have a breath in his nostrils (‘Bi’apo=in his nostrils, numerically equals 89 which is the same equivalent as the Hebrew spelling of Hanukkah) proclaim: ‘ L-rd, the G-d of Israel, the King and His Kingdom, reigns over all [….].

אָמֵן נֶצַח סֶלָה וָעֶד:‏
Amen, for all eternity.

The preceding kavvanah for the mitzvah of kindlingwas composed by רבי צבי אלימלך שפירא מדינוב (Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dynów, c.1783 – 1841), author of the בני יששכר (Bnei Yiśakhar) and founder of the Ḥasidic lineage that includes the Ḥasidim of Munkacz and Bluzhov. The kavvanah often appears just prior to the brakhot for kindling the lights of Ḥanukah in many Ḥasidic prayerbooks.

We are extremely grateful to Morah Yehudis Fishman for her translation of this kavvanah in time for the fifth night of Ḥanukah 5774.

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