Happy Hanukkah! (almost)

Hanukkah is December 16th this year, just a week away! If you haven’t planned your celebration activities and songs yet, here are a few suggested by our members.

From the PikiWiki Project.
צילום:ד”ר אבישי טייכר

First up, this lovely Israeli tune Kad Katan. Member Joanie Calem provided the lyrics, translation, and recording. She writes: “This song celebrates and tells the story of the original jug of oil that miraculously burned for eight days and kept the temple lit after the Maccabees had driven out the Assyrian soldiers and rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. I teach the children to clap or stomp between each musical phrase, along with the drum here.”

Kad Katan

words by Aharon Ashman, music by Yoel Welbe

Kad Ka-tan, Kad Ka-tan, Shmo-nah Ya-mim Shamno na-tan.

Col Ha-Am, Hit-pa-leh: Me-e-lav Hu Mit-ma-leh?

Col Ha-Am az Hit-ca-nes, Vi-Hich-riz ach zeh-u Nes!

I-lu-leh Kad zeh nish-ar, Mik-da-she-nu Lo Hu-ar.

Jug of oil, Jug of oil, for eight long days it was so loyal.

All the nation, asked as one, “Where was the oil coming from?”

Then they gathered with great cheer, declared a miracle had happened here.

If that jug had hidden from sight, our temple now would not have light.

Kad Ka-tan, Kad Ka-tan, Shmo-nah Ya-mim Shamno na-tan.

Col Ha-Am, Hit-pa-leh: Me-e-lav Hu Mit-ma-leh?

Col Ha-Am az Hit-ca-nes, Vi-Hich-riz ach zeh-u Nes!

I-lu-leh Kad zeh nish-ar, Mik-da-she-nu Lo Hu-ar.

Next, member Sol Weber suggested this fun little song about the 8 nights of Hanukkah, that comes to a logical conclusion! It is sung to the tune of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Eight Nights of Hanukkah

On the first night of Hannukah someone gave to me….
a warm bagel topped with cream cheese!

Other verses:
(2nd night)2 matzo balls
3 golden latkes
4 pounds of corn beef
5 KOSHER DILLS
6 kasha knishes
7 grandmas cooking
8 alka seltzers

Member Susan Salidor provided this original song about the popular and traditional Dreidel Game:

She writes:

In my music classes, I turn children into dreidels and they spin, fall and land on the losing Hebrew letter “Nun” until the last pass, when every child fortuitously lands on “Gimmel,” the winningest letter of all!

1 comment

  1. Thanks for sharing the traditional song by Joanie, the fun parody, and the totally fun dreidel-related tune by Susan. For the first time since I’ve been performing, I got offered a show where The Dreidel Song and Oh Chanukah weren’t enough for me to get the gig. Maybe I’ll be able to learn at least Kad Katan, and maybe more. Happy Holidays!

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