Do you know which songs are sung traditionally during the festival of lights? In this article, we tell you which songs are associated with the festival of Hanukkah.
Strains of Silent Night and Joy to World can be heard from every nook and corner during the holiday season but songs associated with Hanukkah like I Have a Little Dreidel and Maoz Tzur do not enjoy the same popularity, maybe with the exception of the different versions of Adam Sandler’s Happy Hanukkah. The festival of Hanukkah is an important part of the religion of Judaism. Also known as the festival of lights, it is dedicated to reassertion of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem by the Jewish army. Some of the important traditions that are synonymous with Hanukkah includes the lighting of the nine-branched candlestick holder known as the Menorah and singing of songs.
Songs for Hanukkah
Most songs about the festival are about the defeat of the Greeks at the hands of the small army of Jews. There are also songs that talk about the oil which lit a flame for eight long days and nights. It is impossible to imagine any festival without music and these songs form an important part of Jewish Hanukkah traditions.
|Name of Song||Hanukkah Song Lyrics||English Translation|
|Maoz Tzur||Maoz tzur yeshua-si
Lecha na-eh li-sha-beyach
Tikone bais ti-fee-lasi
Vi-sham todah ni-za-beyach
Li-ase ta-chin mat-beyach.
|O Rock of my salvation, with delight we praise You.
Restore the Temple where we will bring offerings.
When You will eliminate our enemies,
Then I shall sing at the rededication.
|Sivivon, sov, sov, sov||Sivivon, sov, sov, sov
Chanuka, hu chag tov
Chanuka, hu chag tov
Sivivon, sov, sov, sov!
Chag simcha hu la-am
|Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
Chanuka is a great holiday.
It is a celebration for our nation.
A great miracle happened there.
|Chanuka, Chanuka||Chanuka, Chanuka
Chag yafeh kol kach
Ohr chaviv, mi-savis
Gil li-yeled rach.
|Chanuka is a greay holiday.
Surrounded with lovely light.
Fun for little children.
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
|Mi Y’malel||Mi yimalel gvurot Yisrael,
Otan mi yimne?
Hen be’chol dor yakum ha’gibor
Ba’yamim ha’hem ba’zman ha’ze
|Who can retell the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age, a hero or sage
Came to our aid.
In days of yore in Israel’s ancient land
Brave Maccabeus led the faithful band
But now all Israel must as one arise
Redeem itself through deed and sacrifice.
|Ner Li||Ner li, ner li, ner li daqiq,
Bakhanukah neri ‘adliq.
Bakhanukah neri ya’ir
Bakhanukah shirim ‘ashir.
|I have a candle, I have a small thin candle
On Chanukah, my candle I will light.
On Chanukah my candle will glow
On Chanukah I will sing songs.
|I Have a Little Dreidel||I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then dreidel I shall play!
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
It has a lovely body
My dreidel’s always playful
|Chanuka, oh Chanuka||Chanuka, Oh Chanuka, come light the Menorah
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, we’ll all have a treat
Sivivon to play with, and latkes to eat.
And while we are playing
|Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler||Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Hanukkah!
So much funukah,
To celebrate Hanukkah!
Hanukkah is the festival of lights.
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
When you feel like the only kid in town
David Lee Roth lights the menorah.
Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli?
You don’t need “Deck The Halls” or “Jingle Bell Rock”,
Put on your yarmulke
O.J. Simpson – not a Jew.
Some people think that Ebenezer Scrooge is
Tell your friend Veronica
Hanukkah, in general, tends to get overshadowed by the excitement surrounding Christmas, but these songs should help revive the spirit of the festival.