Yom Kippur Blessings

Drawing of candles

For those looking for a quick, easy reference to guide them through the home rituals that lead into Yom Kippur, this resource is for you!

Our handy Yom Kippur Blessings, in an easy-to-print PDF format, includes the instructions for the custom of lighting the  yahrtzeit candles and then the holiday candles, in Hebrew and transliteration, with traditional and alternative translations as well.

Not sure how to pronounce the Hebrew? Read along, in transliteration or in Hebrew, and listen to the blessing:

    • When Yom Kippur starts on a Friday evening (Shabbat), say this version of the blessing over the candles:


    • When Yom Kippur starts on any other night of the week, we do not reference Shabbat in the blessing. This version of the blessing over the candles is said: