Christmas Songs Day 8: Jewish Song Bonanza

Welcome to Hanukkah!  Having been to some really bad Hanukkah parties with Jewish friends, it often feels as if there’s only three Hanukkah songs in existence and they loop all. Night. Long. So here they are:

1. The Dreidel Song

Dreidel dreidel dreidel,
I made you out of clay
and when you’re dry and ready
a dreidel I will play!

There’s more words? Who knew? Other fun facts:

  • Apparently Jews are airbenders, capable of molding air into dreidels?
  • “mud” rhymes with “rug”?
  • Is this a shill by the clay industry?
  • Wait, aren’t they usually made of wood?
  • Done with this song now.

2. Hanukkah oh Hanukkah

Hanukkah oh Hanukkah come light the menorah
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, I’ll give you a treat
dreidels to play with and latkas 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

3. Eight Days of Hanukkah

(AKA, the boring history song)

Eight days of hanukkah
Eight days of hanukkah
We celebrate the Festival of Light
Those days in history
still live for you and me
let’s keep the flame forever burning bright

4. Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song.

Fun fact: Adam Sandler also does pretty much the only good Thanksgiving song.

There’s got to be something not insipid or Adam Sandler out there, right? Right? So I went on a quest to find a good Jewish song.

Well there’s…

Hanukkah song part two!

Oh wait, that’s Adam Sandler again… What about…

part three?

No, I’m kidding. What about… Phoebe’s holiday song mentions Hanukkah, right?

Monica, Monica, have a happy Hanukkah!

See? …No? Not buying it?  How about… Hanukkah Hey Ya?

“Oy” is just “Yo” backwards!

Or what about Candlelight by the Maccabeats?

Kidding aside, Light One Candle by Peter Paul and Mary isn’t bad, per se:

But it can be rather lonely being Jewish in a sea of Christmas songs. Thankfully, there’s a song that touches on that, too, by Straight No Chaser:

It’s not fair if you’re Jewish, Jewish
(Not fair if you’re Jewish, Jewish)
Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I made it out of clay
You realize that Christmas ain’t the only holiday!

Happy Hanukkah to any Jewish readers out there. Feel free to leave more songs in the comments!

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2 Responses to Christmas Songs Day 8: Jewish Song Bonanza

  1. Brin says:

    There’s got to be something not insipid or Adam Sandler out there, right?

    Hey, I like O Hanukkah! (But it properly has to be sung, not recorded and listened to. I suppose if you haven’t got any parents handy to teach you you’ll need a recording to learn the tune, but after that no.)

    But it can be rather lonely being Jewish in a sea of Christmas songs.

    It appears I never did actually respond to the post with “Who doesn’t like Christmas?”, but this is what I was thinking. How could one like Christmas? It’s like some sort of mirror-universe solstice festival, dedicated to amplifying the loneliness of winter rather than distracting from it. I’ve been having to huddle in my house like a bunker, hang a Star of David in the window as a protective talisman*, and wait for the damned thing to go away.

    *Well, we haven’t actually hung it yet. I’m not sure if the lights even still work.

    (So basically, that song is so true it hurts. (It’s a shame there aren’t any Chinese places in walking distance. I’ll have to wait until Christmas Eve when Dad will drive us.))

    P.S. Thanks for posting this on the actual beginning of Hanukkah, not tomorrow when all those calendars without a clue between them claim it starts.

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