Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight marks the first night of the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, here are a few songs from members to help you celebrate!

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Member Joanie Calem wrote this tune to teach about the Dreidel game: 

Dreidel Rules

words and music by Joanie Calem

Nun, Gimmel, Heh and Shin are the Hebrew letters that are on each side of the dreidle. This song gives you the rules of the dreidle game. I like to hand out cards with one letter on each card, help the children identify which letter that they have, and then mix up the verses, with the children twirling freely, and falling when their letter is called. Spinning is great for children’s brain development!

In Hebrew, the letters look like this:

Shin  ש

Heh   ה

Gimmel ג

Nun נ

Spin dreidle spin, spin so I will win!

Please dreidle fall, on gimmel and I’ll get all.

Spin dreidle spin, spin so I will win!

If you fall on heh, half the pot comes my way.

Spin dreidle spin, spin so I will win

If on nun you fall, nothing happens at all!

Spin dreidle spin, spin so I will win!

Please don’t fall on shin, ’cause then I have to put one in!

Spin dreidle spin, spin so I will win!

Spin around and dance, dreidle’s a game of chance!

Member Susan Salidor wrote this lovely tune and the video was made by her talented husband!

Member Sol Weber recommends this song, about latkes also known as Potato Pancakes (yum!). It is by Shelley (Sheldon) Posen, and is sung to the “God Rest Ye Merry Gentletman” tune.

We eat potato la-a-tkes on Chanukah each year.
With apple sauce and so-ur cream they quickly disappear.
So have another helping as the dish goes ’round and cheer:
CHORUS: O-oh, latkes to eat and to enjoy, to-o enjoy,
O-oh la-at-kes to eat and to enjoy!

Come light the festive ca-an-dles, the party to begin.
Eat latkes by the dozen while the merry dreydls spin.
The snow shines bright and cold outside while we are warm within…
CHORUS

I have a little dre-ey-dl, I made it out of clay,
and when it’s dry and ready with my dreydl I will play.
Those words are from another song;(pause) let’s sing them anyway…
CHORUS

Finally, we have one more song by member Joanie Calem, Shmonah Nerot, a traditional tune, with Joanie’s lyrics:

This is a counting song, to explain to children how at Hannukah, we light the same number of candles as the night of the holiday, but there is always one extra candle, the shamash, the “helper” candle. In Hebrew, numbers are either feminine or masculine and determined by the gender of the noun. Ner, the Hebrew word for candle, is masculine, so the counting here is done in the masculine form of the numbers, which is different than the typical way of counting, which adds a challenge for even the most advanced Hebrew students at Hannukah time.

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

BaLilah HaRishon Echad vi’od Echad On the first night we light one plus one

BaLilahHaSheni Shnaim vi’od Echad On the second night we light two plus one

BaLilah HaShlishi Shloshah vi’od Echad On the third night we light three plus one

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

BaLilah HaRvivi’I Arba’ah vi’od Echad On the fourth night we light four plus one

BaLilah HaHamishi Hamisha vi’od Echad On the fifth night we light five plus one

BaLilah HaShishi Shisha vi’od Echad On the sixth night we light six plus one

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

BaLilah HaShvi’I Shivah vi’od Echad On the seventh night we light seven plus one

BaLilah HaShmini Shmonah vi’od EchadOn the eighth night we light eight plus one

BaLilah HaTshi’i – oy ein Tshi’i! On the ninth night – oy! There is not ninth night

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Shmonah vi’od echad nerot Hannukah Eight plus one candles for Hanukah

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!

Oooo – weeee Hannukah! Ooo-weee, Hanukah!