Hanukkah Party Song Sheet

Start practicing the songs for our Hanukkah Party on December 26th at the Sewanee Community Center! (See more details elsewhere on this site!)

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Chanukkah, Chanukkah

Chanukkah, Chanukkah, chag yafeh kol kach,
Ohr chaviv, misavis
Gil liyeled rach.
Chanukkah, Chanukkah, sovivon, sov, sov.
Sov, sov, sov! Sov, sov sov!
Ma nayim vitov.

Chanukkah, Chanukkah, chag yafeh kol kach,
Ohr chaviv, misavis
Gil liyeled rach.
Chanukkah, Chanukkah, sovivon, sov, sov.
Sov, sov, sov! Sov, sov sov!
Ma nayim vitov.

Translation:
(Chanukah, Chanukkah, is a great holiday.
Surrounded with lovely light.
Fun for little children.
Chanukah, Chanukkah , Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
How wonderful!)
English Version:
Hanukkah, Hanukkah
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Festival of Lights,
Candles glow, in a row,
Seven days, eight nights,
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, make your dreydls spin,
Round and round, round and round
everyone join in!
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Festival of Lights,
Candles glow, in a row,
Seven days, eight nights,
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, make your dreydls spin,
Round and round, round and round
everyone join in!

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Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl (Yiddish)

Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl,  (I am a little dreydle)
gemakht bin ikh fun blay, (I am made of lead)
Kumt lomir aleh sh-plin,
in dreydl eyns tsvay dray!
Oy! Dreydl, dreydl, dreydl,
Oy, drezikh, dreydl, drey,
to lomir aleh sh-plin,
in dreydle eyns un tsvey.

Un ikh hob lib tsu tantsn,
zih dreyen in a rod
to lomir ale tantsn,
zikh dreydl karahod.
Oy, Dreydl, dreydl, dreydl,
Oy, drey zikh, dreydl, drey
To lomir aleh sh-plin,
in dreydl eyns un tsvey.

Traslation:
I am a little dreidel, I am made from lead.
Come let’s all play dreidel –
Oh, dreidel one two three.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
oh, dreidel, dreidel, spin.
So let’s all play dreidel,
in dreidel, one and two.
And I love to dance,
to spin in a circle.
So let’s all dance a dreidel-circle.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
oh dreidel, dreidel, spin.
So let’s all play dreidel,
in dreidel one and two.
English Version:
I Have a Little Dreidel
I have a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay,
and when it’s dry and ready,
oh dreidel I shall play!
Oh! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
I made it out of clay,
and when it’s dry and ready,
oh e I shall play!
It has a lovely body,
with leg so short and thin,
and when my dreidel’s tired,
it drops and then I win!
Oh! Dreidel, dreidel, dreideel
with leg so short and thin,
Oh! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
it drops and then I win!
My dreidel’s always playful,
l it loves to dance and spin,
A happy game of dreidel,
come, play now, let’s begin!
Oh! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
it loves to dance and spin,
Oh! Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
Come play now let’s begin.

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Ner Li

Ner li, ner li, ner li dakik,
Bahanukkah neri ‘adlik.
Bahanukkah neri ya ‘ir
Bahanukkah shirim ashir.
Bahanukkah neri ya ‘ir
Bahanukkah shirim ashir.

English Version:
I Have a Candle
I have a candle, a candle so bright,
On Hanukkah my candle burns bright.
On Hanukkah its light burns long,
On Hanukkah I sing this song.
On Hanukkah its light burns long,
On Hanukkah I sing this song.

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Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov

Sevivon, sov, sov, sov!
Hanukkah hu chag tov;
Hanukkah hu chag tov.
Sevivon, sov, sov, sov!
Chag simchah hu alam,
Nes gadol hayah sham;
Nes gadol hayah sham,
Chag simchah hu alam.

English Version:
Spinning Top, Spin, Spin, Spin
Spinning top, spin, spin, spin!
Hanukkah is a great holiday,
A happy Holiday for everyone,
A great miracle happened there,
A Happy Holiday for everyone.
A great miracle happened there,
A Happy Holiday for everyone.

 

A Humanistic Shabbat

shabbat-keep-calmA Humanistc Shabbat Candle Lighting at Home

WELCOMING SHABBAT

We pause at this turning of the day to honor:
Generations before us, and Generations yet to come
Times of Joy and Times of Sadness
Times of Hope and Times of Despair
Times of Freedom and times of Slavery
Times of Peace and Times of Strife
Times of Life and Times of Death

Memorial Silence is Observed

THE CANDLES

Our Ancestors lit the Candles of Shabbat, and we light them now;
a Light shining in the darkness, the Hope of the World.

The Candles are lit.

BARUKH HAOR BAOLAM
BARUKH HAOR BAADAM
BARUKH HAOR BASHABBAT

Radiant is the light in the world
Radiant is the light within people
Radiant is the light of Shabbat
Rabbi Sherwin Wine

THE WINE

We raise this cup of wine mindful of all it took for us to receive it.
The sun and soil and rain, gifts of Nature
The efforts and vision of our fellow human beings
Together bringing forth the Fruit of the Vine, the Cup of Life

B’RUKHEEM HAADAMA
HASHEMESH, V’HAGESHEM
ASHER YOTZRIM P’REE HAGAFEN

We rejoice in the earth,
the sun, and the rain,
which produces the fruit of the vine.
Rabbi Miriam Jerris

THE CHALLAH

As Grain is scattered upon the earth
Nurtured by sun and soil and rain
Cultivated and harvested by our fellow human beings
Ground and kneaded, formed and baked
Many grains becoming one Bread
So we who are many become One in the Bread of Life

B’RUKHEEM HAMOTSEE’EEM LEHEM
MEEN HAARETS

Happy are those who bring forth bread from the earth

Rabbi Sherwin Wine

THE PEACE

Shabbat Shalom!
Shabbat Shalom!

The Wine and Bread are shared

 

After the Meal

HIN-NAY MA TOV OO-MA-NA-EEM
SHE-VET A-HEEM GAM YA-HAD

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters
to celebrate together
Psalms 133:1

Shabbat Shalom

 

Hanukkah at Home

What is Hanukka?

hanukka2Hanukka is the eight-day Jewish winter celebration. For Humanistic Jews, Hanukka is a celebration of human courage. The flickering Hanukka lights are a reminder of the struggle, courage, and fragile triumphs of the Jewish people. The flames are a link to the past and a tribute to the dignity of Jews everywhere.

 

Hanukka, a Hebrew word meaning “dedication,” is said to refer to the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judah Maccabee and his followers in 161 B.C.E. The basis of Hanukka is the story of a Maccabean victory embellished by Talmudic legend.

 

This legend tells us that a small band of Jews led by Judah Maccabee and his family rebelled when the Greek King Antiochus Epiphanes sought to impose Greek culture and religion upon his Syrian empire, which included Judea. Following their recapture of Jerusalem, the victorious Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem and decreed an annual celebration of Jewish independence. Some six hundred years after the Maccabean victory, the rabbis, seeking to claim Hanukka as their own, added the legend of the single flask of oil that miraculously burned for eight days.

 

hanukka7The story of the Maccabees is a story of human courage, integrity, and hope. The success of their revolution is rooted in the people’s desire for religious, political, and economic freedom; – their desire to choose their future for themselves. This they accomplished, not by pious pleas or tearful entreaties, but by decisive action, expert planning, and sheer guts. The values of the Maccabean revolution are as important today as they were centuries ago. We, too, must take the future into our own hands. We must choose for ourselves how we shall live, and we must act on that choice courageously without loss of integrity or hope. Hanukka is a valuable holiday for Humanistic Jews, affirming the wonder of nature, celebrating the courage of authentic heroes, and articulating the values we must have if heroism, humanity, and the natural order are to survive.

 

 

Celebrating Hanukka

hanukka3Most celebrations reflect the ancient and traditional celebration of the holiday and include new meanings for our own day. Families often retell the ancient stories, share the rich symbols, and connect these with modern concerns and issues.

 

For Humanistic Jews, Hanukka is a tribute to human power and courage. Judah Maccabee was a man who was willing to fight for what he believed, although like his enemy Antiochus Epiphanes, he was a religious zealot who denied freedom of worship to those who opposed him. Despite this, his example of bravery and authenticity motivates us to seize control of our lives and take our future into our own hands. We choose how we shall live, seeking to behave courageously and to preserve our integrity. For Humanistic Jews, Hanukka is an endorsement of human strength and ingenuity, of hope and bravery.

 

Humanistic Jews celebrate Hanukka as a reminder that human beings can use their abilities to enhance the quality of life. Hanukka celebrations are festive occasions, marked by the lighting of the candles of the hanukkia. Families and communities gather for the holiday meal, featuring potato latkes. Hanukka songs are sung and dreidel games are played. Often families bring their own hanukkia to light at the community celebration. The lights of the hanukkia serve as a connection to our past, as a link to other Jews, and as a reminder of the fragility life. We kindle the lights for our values: action, courage, human dignity, freedom, justice, Jewish identity, choice, strength, ingenuity.

 

Lighting Candles

hanukkaAs we humans move through time and space, we assign different roles to the act of lighting candles. Sometimes candles serve the purpose of signaling the onset of passage or holy days and special occasions. At other times we light candles to communicate our solidarity with people from whom we are separated by gaps in time or space or other barriers. The candle-lit windows of Poles after December 13, 1981, provide dramatic example of this habit. Closer to home, we have the lighting of Yahrzeit candles in memory of deceased beloved ones. At still other times, we light candles to brighten dark corners and improve vision and understanding. But no matter what the religion or culture, we have shown an attachment to “burning lights,” as Marc Chagall’s wife Bella called them. Perhaps one reason for the universal appeal of candle lights is that candles are a reflection of the human spirit, Jewish and otherwise.

 

At its best and most glorious, the flame of a candle points high up, striving to move beyond its immediate reach. An active, burning candle emits a glowing, golden haze around it. The flame of a candle communicates strength, vitality, triumph, vision, and warmth.
hanukka5In the course of its life span, the flame of a candle is dynamic, not static. It surges up and falls down. It sways back and forth. It expands and contracts. The flame of a candle can brighten dark spots and expand our vision. That same flame can narrow our focus and blind us if we fail to note other sources of light in our environment.

 

hanukka6The flame of most candles has two parts. The upper, outer layer is brilliant gold. The inner, lower layer is blue. This inner, lower layer is like a shadow box, inviting us to explore the many images it suggests. These images are both creative and destructive. Shadows suggest negative visions of Jewish synagogues and homes set afire during pogroms and wars; of books, both secular and religious, burned during cultural purges; of civilian and soldier faces scarred by flames of wartime bombs. Flickers of candles also conjure images of pleasant memories of the past. The latter includes flames that heated savory meals of yesteryear and provided light to dark households and passageways, enabling people to better control their world and communicate with each other. Like the human spirit, burning lights are capable of signaling both creativity and destruction.

 

And lastly, candles have a finite existence. They demonstrate the fragile nature of life on this earth. Candles begin to glow while in a solid state, but eventually burn down to nothingness. Curiously, from the first moment of burning, candles seem to shed tears of awareness as the wax drips down their sides!

 

In lighting candles, we seek connection with the past, with each other, and with ourselves. Burning lights gives us a sense of our strength, vision, and dynamism. They also reflect the complexity of our experience on earth and the delicacy of our co-existence, peaceful or otherwise, here and now.

 

May the lighting of candles always remind us of the dynamic, multi-faceted, and fragile nature of our lives. And may the light of candles direct us to seek each other in peace.

 

A Humanistic Hanukka Candle-Lighting

As we light our Hanukka candles, let us say:
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Barukh haor baolam.
Barukh haor baadam.
Barukh haor baHanukka.

 

Blessed is the light of the world.
Blessed is the light within humanity.
Blessed is the light of Hanukka.