Hanukkah Songs! (Monday’s Music Moves Me)

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.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


16 thoughts on “Hanukkah Songs! (Monday’s Music Moves Me)

  1. John, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten latkes but I do like fried potatoes so potato pancakes might be alright. Donuts….now that’s something DH would definitely get into. I think food is big with any holiday and it’s definitely one of the biggest highlights for Christmas. Thanks for sharing some Hanukka songs and a little mewsic history. Thanks for continuing to dance with the 4M crew (I’m temporarily co-hosting) each week, dear friend. Have a good week and be blessed!


  2. Well, this is too cool! Thank you my friend for helping our Jewish friends celebrate their holiday too! Great idea & that Adam Sandler totally cracks me up everytime I hear his version. hahahahaha hugs and thanks for joining us.


  3. I lurve latkes. Oh man, I’m hungry and dinner’s not yet done. I like all these, so kitschy! Moo’s playin Dreidel in her holiday program, so I hear that, and Ode to Joy and Christmas Train, every day 🙂


    1. When I was in grammar school, we spent a good amount of time discussing Jewish holidays. It was a Catholic school, but our neighborhood had a big Jewish population, and it gave us some background not only on the faith but some insight into our neighbors.


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