In Judaism, traditional Hanukkah blessings praise God. The blessings give thanks for how God protected and helped the Jewish people, especially during the season of Hanukkah.
The traditional blessing over candles is: "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." The blessings praise God for sanctifying the Jewish people with his gift of the Ten Commandments.
The traditional blessing for Hanukkah is: "Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time." This blessing praises God for the Hanukkah miracle he performed. In 166 B.C., the Jews had driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem and wanted to light a menorah to cleanse their temple there. The menorah had only enough oil to burn for two days. However, the flames continued flickering for eight nights. Jewish sages saw this as a miraculous gift from God.
The "Shehecheyanu" blessing, which is performed only on the first night, is as follows: "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." This Hanukkah blessing gives thanks to God for His protection.