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In the Hanerot Halalu that we recite when lighting the Hanukkah candles, it says "anachnu madlikin." Why madlikin and not madlikim? Why is a final nun used and not a final mem? I have searched EVERYWHERE!

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Cantor Kim, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for bringing your question here! I look forward to seeing you around. – Isaac Moses May 9 '12 at 20:21
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12517/759 – Double AA May 9 '12 at 20:35
can you elaborate on what the difference would be? – Menachem May 9 '12 at 20:43
This difference is also seen between various nusachos in Shacharis by the first blessing before the Shema, where some have umvorchin umshabchin...umamlichin whereas some have umvorchim umshabchim...umamlichim. – yoel May 9 '12 at 20:52
I happen to be working on this right now and my only source material is the siddur Rinat Yisrael which has "madlikim" but has the Masechet Sofrim source reference on the side. – Danno Nov 20 '14 at 19:38

The source for this recitation is Tractate Soferim (20:4). Aramaic was a major lingustic influence on halachic literature in Babylonia during the Geonic period when that tractate was composed, and in Aramaic the plural form ends with a nun rather than a mem.

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That's what I thought... I just haven't been able to find a "proof text"! Thank you, Fred! – Cantor Kim May 9 '12 at 20:29
@CantorKim, sure thing. – Fred May 9 '12 at 20:30

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