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Speaker of the Knesset Lights Chanukah Candles with IDF Lone Soldiers

Jerusalem, Israel, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein participated in a special Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony for the sixth night of Chanukah, together with several Cabinet Ministers and Members of Knesset. The ceremony was also attended by 60 Lone Soldiers, arranged by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Friends of the IDF (FIDF), Tzofim Garin Tzabar, and Ha'aguda Lema'an Hachayal (The Association for the Welfare of Soldiers).

“I’m happy and thrilled to be here to continue the tradition of lighting Chanukah candles in the Knesset. The lighting of the candles symbolizes the freedom of the people of Israel, and is especially relevant here in the Knesset because we have our own parliament, and despite all the disagreements that take place in it, we have the freedom to govern ourselves,” said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

Five Lone Soldiers joined Edelstein as he lit the Chanukah candles. The soldiers, who are originally from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, France, Japan, and Uruguay made Aliyah to Israel to join the IDF with the support of Nefesh B’Nefesh and the FIDF.

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, said at the ceremony, “We are honored to have the Knesset Speaker light the Chanukah candles with these Lone Soldiers, in this symbolic salute to all those who left their families and homes in order to make Aliyah and serve the Jewish State through the Nefesh B’Nefesh/FIDF Lone Soldiers program.”
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Blessing for lighting the Chanukah candles

 ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במיצותיו וציונו להדליק נר של חנוכה.‏

English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher qiddeshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu lehadliq ner shel Blessing for lighting the candles Chanukah.
English: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light[s]."
ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, שעשה נסים לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה.‏
English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, she'asa nisim la'avoteinu ba'yamim ha'heim ba'z'man ha'ze.
Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time"

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