Hannukah music for the Festival of Lights

By Elizabeth Tenety “Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hannukah.” The ancient Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the re-dedication … Continued

By Elizabeth Tenety

“Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hannukah.”

The ancient Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem begins Wednesday at sundown. If you’re looking for a little background music for your holiday celebration, look no further than On Faith’s selections below.

Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song is a favorite of Jews and gentiles alike. With lyrics like, “We got Anne Landers and her sister Dear Abby/ Harrison Ford is a quarter Jewish: not too shabby,” you’ll be in the satirical spirit in no time.

Looking for something a little more spiritual? Jewish singer/ songwriter Matisyahu recently released a Hannukah song called Miracles. In a statement, he explained why he decided to wade into the Hannukah music genre:

“There are so many Christmas songs out there . . . I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We’ve got Adam Sandler’s song, which is hilarious, but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday in a fun, celebratory song.”

Orrin Hatch (not a Jew) also has made a Hannukah contribution. Here’s what Hatch told On Faith about his decision to write a song for the holiday:

“As a Mormon, I have always been a supporter of Israel and the moderate Arab community in the Middle East. I appreciate the history of Israel and the Jewish people, and, especially, the history of hardships and trials the Jewish community has suffered over the years, especially during the Second World War. The Jewish community has had to overcome great prejudice, oppression, and hardship. In the process, people of my faith have always been the strongest supporters of Israel, and the Jewish community.”

Watch Hatch’s song Eight Days of Hannukah (described by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg as a “hip hop Hannukah song written by the senior senator from Utah”) below:

Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.

And if you’re in a nostalgic mood, there’s always The Dreidel Song:

UPDATE Dec 1, 5:51 p.m.: If the Maccabeats don’t put you in the Hanukkah spirit, nothing will. Rock out below: (H/T Nathan Diament.)

Six13 channels their inner pop star in the dreidel jingle below (good luck getting their remix out of your head!):

What did we miss? What music is on your Hannukah playlist?

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  • yenta1

    Thanks for this. It brought back a lot of memories of Chanukahs past.