Notes from the arranger
“Tzur” (Rock of Ages)
This song is based on a Hebrew poem dating back to 13th Century that celebrates the survival of the Jewish people. The melody is based on an old German folk song.
“Hanerot Halelu” (These Candles)
Popular in Israel, this song celebrates lighting the Hanukkah candles and the miracles they represent.
“O Hanukkah, O Hanukkah”
An upbeat Yiddish Hanukkah song ”O Hanukkah, 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 Dreidels to play with, and latkes to eat…”
“Hava Narima” (Let’s Raise Aloft)
The melody is from Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabeus, “See the Conquering Hero”. Two sets of Hebrew lyrics are sung to this melody: Hava Narima and Hi’ne Bo.
Both celebrate the victorious Hanukkah battles.
“Sevivon, Sov Sov Sov”
A Yiddish children’s song about the spinning top, also known as a dreidel.