Just put a kippa (skull cap) on a conventionally dressed Israeli man, and you at least expect minimal Jewish knowledge. As someone who has been unofficially involved with media for decades, I firmly believe in good preparation.
The other night, mid-Chanukah, the IBA English TV News decided to honor someone to light the Chanukah candles. So, the someone and his teenage son stood straight and tall, looking comfortable with kippot on their heads, yes very photogenic were in the studio to light Chanukah candles. The father took the lit shamash candle in his hand and said the first bracha, blessing as he lit the other candles:
Borukh Ato Adoynoy Eloyheynu Melekh Ho-oylom Asher Kiddeshonu Be-mitsvoysov Ve-tsivonu Lehadlik Neyr Shel khanuko.His son answered:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.
"Amen."Then, so did the father, oops! The person who says the blessing does not say amen. Even worse, he then considered himself finished, totally oblivious to the fact that there is a second blessing that must be said, so the IBA announcer gave the guest the printed page, which apparently the someone had declined considering that he thought he knew what to say. So the someone said:
Borukh Ato Adoynoy Eloyheynu Melekh Ho-oylom She-oso Nissim La-avoseynu Ba-yyomim Ho-heym Ba-zzman Ha-zze. Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.And, yes, both the man and his son then said "Amen."
- The man, though confident that he knew how to properly light Chanukah candles, didn't know.
- The director/editor of that newscast didn't know how to properly prepare their guest.
"Every second has to be planned, so we want to go over the blessings in advance, so we won't go over, nor under. Let's rehearse this..."The IBA sadly allowed the man to embarrass himself.