I just have to be a smartass, don’t I?
This year, Hanukkah begins on December 25 and ends on January 1, 2017, so I think it’s appropriate that we recognize that our Jewish friends will be celebrating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem at the same time we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus, who was Jewish, as were Mary, His mother, Joseph, His stepfather, and all the people who were His family and friends. Additionally, Jewish composers wrote many Christmas songs, so it’s only right.
The Hanukkah Song – Adam Sandler I had to include this one, because if I didn’t everyone would ask me, “Hey! Why didn’t you include Adam Sandler’s ‘Hanukkah Song’?”
Candlelight – Maccabeats A friend of mine told me about The Maccabeats, whose name is a play on Maccabees, the Jewish rebels led by Judah Maccabee (“The Hammer”) who drove the Greeks away and rededicated the Temple. Appropriately, they have this Hanukkah song with the story in it.
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah – Barenaked Ladies I fell back on Judaism.About.com to get the next three songs. Barenaked Ladies, who also sang the theme song for The Big Bang Theory, included this on their 2004 album Barenaked For The Holidays.
I Have A Little Dreidel The dreidel is a little spinning top that kids play with during Hanukkah. Here’s a traditional song about the game.
The Latke Song – Debbie Friedman Food is a big part of Hanukkah celebrations, especially foods fried in oil, like latkes (potato pancakes). AND DONUTS! This is a great song sung from the point-of-view of a latke.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 5, 2016.