Archive for the ‘Chanukah’ Category

Chanukah – Eighth Night
December 18, 2009


A bonus this year
Chanukah has two Shabbats
It’s G-d’s gift to us

Last night’s Saturday Night Live  Christmas Holiday special included the first-ever performance of Adam Sander’s   Chanukah song.   I wasn’t going to post it as one of my Chanukah music choices because it’s so well known.  But there’s something about seeing the original version of a song that has become a classic.  Enjoy …


Chanukah – Seventh Night
December 17, 2009


The dreidel tells us
A miracle happened there
Nun, Gimmel, Hey, Shin


But in Israel
The miracle happened “here”
Nun, Gimmel, Hey, Peh

Here is a very cool version of the Dreidel Song – performed by Joshua Nelson from the album Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah: Live in Concert

Chanukah – Sixth Night
December 16, 2009


Tasty choc’late gelt
But you’d better eat it fast
‘fore it melts away

It’s the LeeVees again, warning us not to wait too long, because Gelt Melts – from Hanukkah Rocks

Chanukah – Fifth Night
December 15, 2009


How do you spell it?
In Hebrew the answer’s clear
It’s Chet-Nun-Kaf-Hey

But some would say no
You need to include a “vav”

It would be a miracle
If we could agree

Does is have two “k”s?
A “c” at the beginning?
How do you spell it?

The LeeVees sing about it in their song “How Do You Spell Channukkahh?” from Hanukkah Rocks

Chanukah – Fourth Night
December 14, 2009

Kislev dilemma
Applesauce or sour cream
What’s on your latkes?

Tonight, the LeeVees help you decide with “Applesauce vs. Sour Cream”  from Hanukkah Rocks

Chanukah – Third Night
December 13, 2009

Tres kandelikas
Is what we will light tonight
Sing in Ladino

Here’s The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band …

The Cubs In Haiku: Chanukah Miracles
December 12, 2009


To all those like me,
Cubs fans who light menorahs
Happy Chanukah

G-d did miracles
For us back in ancient days
We need some right now

Read the rest at Chicago Sports In Haiku

Chanukah – Second Night
December 12, 2009

Put oil in the pan
Start grating those potatoes
We’re making latkes

Today’s song is “Latke Clan” by The LeeVees  from their album Hanukkah Rocks

Chanukah – First Night
December 11, 2009

Night one is Shabbat
Remember, Chanukah first
And then Sabbath lights

I complained yesterday about the lack of good Chanukah music.  But, in fact, there are some great Chanukah songs.    Just to prove it, I”ll post one for each night of Chanukah, along with a haiku (of course) somewhat related to the song.  All but today’s will be in video form – unfortunately I couldn’t find a decent online video version for today’s song.

Enjoy … and Chag Chanukah Sameach

Today’s song is a rocking version of the Chanukah blessings from the album Barenaked for the Holidays by the band Barenaked Ladies – who aren’t naked and aren’t ladies.

(click here to load the on-line player – once the page loads, just click the play button near the upper right corner)

Orrin Hatch’s Chanukah Song
December 10, 2009

Orrin Hatch has penned
A Chanukah song for us
I’m not a big fan

Rasheeda Azar, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Madeline Stone singing Eight Days of Hanukkah  CREDIT: Tablet Magazine

Rasheeda Azar, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Madeline Stone singing 'Eight Days of Hanukkah' CREDIT: Tablet Magazine


Senator Orrin Hatch, a Mormon, has written a Chanukah song.  Maybe you’ll enjoy it, but personally I’m not so excited.  I hope it’s not politics affecting my musical critique, but it’s almost like he wrote this just to remind us that Christmas songs are so much better than what we have for Chanukah.  They get “White Christmas”, written by a Jew … we get this, written by a Mormon.

Click on the picture, or on this link, to read more about it and see the video at Tablet Magazine