כוונה להדלקת נרוֺת חנוּכה | Kavvanah for Ḥanukkiah Lighting by Bonna Devora Haberman, z”l (Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism, 2002)

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כוונה להדלקת נרוֺת חנוּכה
Intention for Kindling Ḥanukkah Lights

Holy One who blessed our People Israel with the foundation of a Jewish homeland in our time.

Privilege us to sanctify and fulfill our longing without further violence, conquest, or covetousness.

Strengthen us to comfort the mourners and help heal the injured.

May Israel be worthy to tend the land, to reap the harvest,
and nurture each other with dignity and respect for the earth and all inhabitants.

May we shed blood, our life fluid, only in monthly renewal and birth, in covenant, the cycle of life-giving.

May the olives grown and harvested in Israel lubricate collaboration among partners who struggle.

May we merit to use olive oil, juice of the fruit of peace, with honor and delight with one another.

May we kindle the flame of others and usher in a more redeemed state.

May our light “flow free and burn steady” during the dark hours in our hearts and minds, and in our world.


יוֺצרוֺת אוֺר וּבוֺראת חוֺשׁךְ
עוֺשׂה שׁלוֺם וּבוֺראת את הרע
Maker of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of peace and Creator of evil.
To the service of the sacred divine, we dedicate our Inner Fire.

ברוּכה שׁכינה
שׁיכני בתוֺכנוּ בקדוּשׁה
כשׁנרוֺת החנוּכה שׁלנוּ דוֺלקים
וּבכל עת וּבכל שעה בשׁלוֺמךָ
Blessed Shekhina,
dwell within us in holiness,
while our Ḥanukkah lights of dedication burn,
at every moment and at all times in Your peace.

אמן. כן יהי רצוֺן.‏
May this be Your will.

We are grateful to Bonna Devora Haberman (z”l) for sharing her kavvana for Ḥanukkah Candle-Lighting under a Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike license. Bonna Devora Haberman writes, “This is an intention that I composed for the conclusion of a performance piece, Inner Fire, created and performed by my Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism at Brandeis University in 2002. It is as relevant today as ever. Please use it for inspiration when you light Ḥanukkah candles.” Bonna Devora Haberman passed away in June 2015.

3 comments to כוונה להדלקת נרוֺת חנוּכה | Kavvanah for Ḥanukkiah Lighting by Bonna Devora Haberman, z”l (Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism, 2002)

  • A nice prayer you have shared with everyone. I truly believe that when there is no help around and everything seems bleak, you should pray, and your prayer will be answered. Prayer gives you inner strength and the courage to face any adversity. You get the power to counter challenges. It guides you and shows you the path to take to achieve and accomplish everything in life. Pray every day and it will make a huge difference to your life.

  • […] This post presents an intentional prayer for peace in Israel and the world to be recited when lighting the Hanukkah candles. It was written by the late Bonna Devora Haberman, founder of Women of the Wall, for Inner Fire, a performance piece created and performed by my Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism. This piece was shared on The Open Siddur Project, which aims to liberate the creative content of Jewish spiritual practice as a commonly held resource for adoption, adaptation, and redistribution. […]

  • […] This post presents an intentional prayer for peace in Israel and the world to be recited when lighting the Hanukkah candles. It was written by the late Bonna Devora Haberman, founder of Women of the Wall, for Inner Fire, a performance piece created and performed by my Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism. This piece was shared on The Open Siddur Project, which aims to liberate the creative content of Jewish spiritual practice as a commonly held resource for adoption, adaptation, and redistribution. […]

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