The third blessing is over the lights of the candle, which we havealready lit. We say:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא מְאוֹרֵי הָאֵשׁ

Baruch atah, Adonai, Elohaynu melech ha'olam, boray me'oray ha'aysh.

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Blessed are You, Lord our God, ruler of the universe, whocreates the lights of fire.

[A traditional translation.]

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Blessed are you, THE RADIANCE,our God, the sovereign of all worlds,who creates the light of fire.

[An alternative translation from KolHaneshamah, the Reconstructionist siddur.]

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After the blessing, hold up your hands tofeel the warmth of the braided candle. Tomake use of the light, some people look forthe reflection of the candle light in theirfingernails. Another custom has people startwith fingers cupped toward their palms andslowly opening them to see the light ontheir palms.


Type of Custom: Havdalah

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Source: InterfaithFamily