Rabbi Sammy, wearing his black yarmulke and mask, steps up and arranges the nine candles next to the Menorah. Once he has done this, he steps back and nods to a young Albino ferret wearing his own mask. Levi, Sammy’s son, steps forward and places the Shamash in the central holder on the Menorah and begins to place the remaining eight candles in the other holders, from right to left. Levi lights the Shamash and solemnly recites the following blessings:)
"Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light.
"Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers, in those days of this season."
(Levi removes the lit Shamash from the central holder and uses it to light the eight candles, from left to right, and says the following prayer.)
"We kindle these lights
For the miracles and the wonders
For the redemption and the battles
Which You performed for our forefathers
In those days of this season
Through Your holy priests.
During all eight days of Hanukkah
These lights are sacred
And we are not permitted to make ordinary us of them
But only to look at them
In order to express thanks and praise to Your great Name
For Your miracles, Your wonders, and Your salvations."
Again, Rabbi Sammy, his wife Clarissa, their son Levi, Sammy's congregation and his friends – very much including yours truly – wish you all the best for all the holidays that you celebrate. Tomorrow the Rabbi will mark the *Shabbat* by leading his synagogue’s congregation, via SkippyZoom(TM), in a special prayer for our nation, for our world and for all of us in these troubled times. *L'Chayim*
Now, if you'll excuse me, Sammy, his family and I are going to share some sufganiyots [essentially a Hanukkah donut].