Our teachers are very clear. G^d put us in this world to join with Him in completing the works of Creation. We should both complete the human being (circumcision and morally) and remove all suffering from it.
The Jewish idea of serving G^d is not that of the idol-worshipper, to flatter, bribe and please a disgruntled god, Heaven forbid. It’s rather, to humbly team up with Him and He knows we can. The very opposite is to try and outdo Him. To try to tower over Him and dwarf His name as the All-powerful. The sin of the building of the Tower of Babel.
Messianic fans of the Menorah at Fifth Ave and the one in Sedorot claim now that theirs is the tallest in the world, standing at 36 feet. (Competition (the Olympics) is a Greek pastime and goes against the Jewish spirit). But ten meters is already too tall for making the blessing, fulfilling our holy obligation or spreading the news of the Miracle of Chanukah.
And therefore, it’s ironic to see how an overstatement of the Commandment on Jews to light a menorah for Chanukah is nullified by unlearned parties who erected such gigantic menorahs that lighting them with a blessing would be a serious sin and does not fulfill the Commandment because the lights are too high above the ground.
In typical fashion, disrespecting the special role that Jews got to play in this world, Christians for Israel director Roger van Oordt wrote in overblown fashion: Amid “constant threat from rockets, we want to bring the light of the Menorah.” That is such chutzpah. Only Jews can bring the light of Chanukah. Self-identified friends of the Jews who cannot restrict their association with us to being humbly helpful are not helping Redemption. Their implicit lack of respect for Jews is prolonging our darkness.
I did not find one YouTube clip where all the words of the blessings are said in proper Hebrew pronunciation. Here is how to do it. The underlined ah is pronounced oh by Ashkenazics and the underlined t as an s; the o is pronounced by German Jews as ou, by US Ashkenazim as oa and by Chassidic Jews as oy:
One lights the extra candle.
One says: Baruch attah Addonai Elloheinu Mellech ha‘olam, asher kiddǝshanu bǝmitz-votav, vǝtzivanu lǝhadlik neir [shel] Channukah.
Baruch attah Addonai Elloheinu Mellech ha‘olam, she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bahyamim haheim bazzǝman hazzeh.
Only on the first night one lights: Baruch attah Addonai Elloheinu Mellech ha‘olam, she’hechehyanu vǝkiyǝmanu vǝhigi‘annu lazzǝman hazzeh.
Now you light the candle the most to your left first.
If there are more candles to light than one, one always lights with the extra candle and not with one of the candles for each of the days.
These holy blessings are not songs. It’s better to make the blessings drily but correctly than to sing them nicely but wrongly. There is plenty to sing afterward.
These are popular faulty pronunciations: B’ruch Baruch Adnai Addǝnai Ellohyeinu Melleh-cha‘olam kidshanu bǝmitz-votah-vǝtzivanu shannukah hannukah lavoteinu bǝyamim bazman bǝzǝman bǝzman ubizman she’echehyanu shechehyanu vǝkimanu vǝhigiyannu lazman.
To really have the best Chanukah ever, we need to welcome Jonathan Pollard to Israel. President Trump, what is taking you so long?