Hanukkah Song (Traditional)

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  • CPDL #26993:      (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-08-26).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Hanukkah Song
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2010

Description: Yiddish Folk Song. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. (Source: About.com)

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Original text and translations

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O, Hanukkah, come light the menorah,
let's have a party, we'll all dance the horah;
gather 'round the table, we'll give you a treat
S’vivonim to play with, levivot 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.