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Hanukkah Songs

This is an interview with Shari Lewis about Lamb Chops Special Chanukah [VHS] It includes an audio excerpt from the video.

This is our favorite Hanukkah video (made for young children but we all love it).  I only wish I could get it on DVD. I love the song about the Macabees.

I’m a Little Dreidel

Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”

I’m a little dreidel [dray-dul]
Made of clay.
Spin me around
When you want to play.
When I fall down, if you don’t win,
Just pick me up and spin again!
–Adapted Traditional

Hanukkah Lapbook Kit

Instant download! Print and learn! Creat a booklet craft for each of the eight nights!

Lighting the Candles

Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Time to light the candles bright.
Let them shine into the night.
First we light the middle one
For that candle, when it’s done,
Will be used to light them all,
Eight more candles standing tall.

Light the candles, 1, 2, 3,
Shining and reminding me.
Light the candles 4, 5, 6,
See their brightly burning wicks.
Light the candles 7, 8.
A miracle we celebrate.
–Mary Tucker

Time for Hanukkah

Tune: “The Paw-Paw Patch”

Peel all the apples, put ’em in a pan,
Peel all the apples, put ’em in a pan,
Peel all the apples, put ’em in a pan.
It’s time for Hanukkah!

Cook up the apples, make applesauce,
Cook up the apples, make applesauce,
Cook up the apples, make applesauce.
It’s time for Hanukkah!

Lighting All the Candles

Tune: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

I am lighting all the candles
On this Hanukkah night.
I am lighting all the candles,
To see them shining bright.
Flicker, flicker little candles,
Fill me with you glow.
Now the time has come to count them,
Ready, set, let’s go!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.

The Festival of Lights

Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”

The Festival of Lights,
The Festival of Lights,
Candles glow for Hanukkah
Eight holy days and nights.

The Festival of Lights,
The Festival of Lights,
Dreidels spin and children sing
Eight holy days and nights.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, let our song praise
thy saving power
Thou amidst the raging foes, waste
our sheltering tower
Furious, they assailed us, but thine
arm availed us,
And thy word broke their sword
when our own strength failed us

transliterated version

Maoz Tzur

Ra’ot sav’ah nafshi, b’yagon kochi
chalah,
Chai’yai meraru b’kushi b’shibud malchut
eglah,
Uv’yado hagdolah hotsi et-hasgulah,
Chayl Paroh v’chol zaro-yordu k’even
m’tsulah.

Dreidel, Spin, Spin, Spin

Dreidel, spin, spin, spin!
Chanukah is a good holiday;
Chanukah is a good holiday –
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin!

It’s a happy holiday for the people;
A great miracle happened there;
A great miracle happened there –
It’s a happy holiday for the people.
transliterated version

Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov

Sevivon, sov, sov, sov!
Chanukah, hu chag tov;
Chanukah, hu chag tov –
Sevivon, sov, sov, sov!
Chag simchah hu la-am,
Nes gadol hayah sham;
Nes gadol hayah sham –
Chag simcha hu la-am.

Who Can Retell

Who can retell,
the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.

Hark! 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.
Who can retell,
the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.

transliterated version

Mi Yemalel

Mi yemalel g’vurot Yisra-el,
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen b’khol dor yakum hagibor,
Go-el ha-am.

Sh’ma! Bayamim hahem
bazman hazeh,
Makabi moshiyah ufodeh –
Uv’yamenu kol am Yisra-el,
Yit’ahed, yakum veyiga-el.
Mi yemalel g’vurot Yisra-el,
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen b’khol dor yakum hagibor,
Go-el ha-am.

Hanukkah

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the Menorah,
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora.
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat.
Sevivon to play with, Latkes to eat.
And while we are playing,
The candles are burning low.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago;
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago

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  1. Hey Robin! We also love Lamb Chop’s video about Hanukkah, and you CAN get it on dvd, we got it from Amazon here,and it’s actually got two episodes on it: “Lamb Chop’s Chanukah and Passover Surprise”;http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Chop%1As-Chanukah-Passover-Surprise/dp/B002K3H2HY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1260371074&sr=8-1
    🙂

    My children also love Marty Goetz’s Festivals of Light cd.

    Happy Hanukkah to you and yours! Thanks for all that you do. I’m enjoying sharing so many of your wonderful articles with others, and continuing to pray for you.

    Blessings & love~
    Beth

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