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Blessing for the candle
Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher kid-shanu be'mitzvotav
ve'tzivanu le-hadlik ner shel Yom Tov (when the festival falls on Shabbat,
the concluding words are "ner shel Shabbat v'Yom Tov").
Blessing for the holiday
We then recite the Shehe'heyanu prayer, in which we thank God for the gift of life and for having brought us to this season. This blessing is also recited when eating a new fruit for the first time in a season.
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