Courtesy of My Jewish Learning; Photo credit: My Jewish Learning

Courtesy of My Jewish Learning; Photo credit: My Jewish Learning 

Complied by Zachary Ziv 

 

With so many Chanukah melodies, we could all use a little help remembering the tunes and lyrics of the classic songs. Sing these with friends and family or over video chat while you enjoy the glow of the Chanukiyah and the holiday of Chanukah. 

 

Mi Yimalel (Who can retell)?

English:

Who can retell the things that befell us,

Who can count them?

In every age, a hero or sage

Came to our aid.

    Hark!

    In days of yore in Israel’s ancient land

    Brave Maccabeus led the faithful band

    But now all Israel must as one arise

    Redeem itself through deed and sacrifice.

Hebrew:

Mi yimalel gevurot Yisrael,

Otan mi yimne?

Hen be’chol dor yakum ha’gibor

Goel ha’am.

 Shma!

    Ba’yamim ha’hem ba’zman ha’ze

    Maccabi moshia u’fode

    U’v’yameinu kol am Yisrael

    Yitached yakum ve’yigael!

 

מי‭ ‬ימלל‭ ‬גבורות‭ ‬ישראל

אותן‭ ‬מי‭ ‬ימנה

הן‭ ‬בכל‭ ‬דור‭ ‬יקום‭ ‬הגיבור

גואל‭ ‬העם

שמע

בימים‭ ‬ההם‭ ‬בזמן‭ ‬הזה

מכבי‭ ‬מושיע‭ ‬ופודה

ובימינו‭ ‬כל‭ ‬עם‭ ‬ישראל

יתאחד‭, ‬יקום‭ ‬ויגאל

 

Sivivon Sov Sov Sov

Dreidel, spin, spin, spin

Chanukah is a great holiday.

Chanukah is a great holiday.

Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.

A holiday of happiness it is for the nation.

A great miracle happened there.

A great miracle happened there.

A holiday of happiness it is for the nation.

Hebrew:

Sivivon, sov, sov, sov

Chanukah, hu chag tov

Chanukah, hu chag tov

Sivivon, sov, sov, sov!

Chag simcha hu la-am

Nes gadol haya sham

Nes gadol haya sham

Chag simcha hu la-am.

 

סֵבִיבוֹן‭ ‬סב‭ ‬סב‭ ‬סב

חנכּה‭ ‬הוא‭ ‬חג‭ ‬טוב

חנכּה‭ ‬הוא‭ ‬חג‭ ‬טוב

סֵבִיבוֹן‭ ‬סב‭ ‬סב‭ ‬סב

חַג‭ ‬שִׂמְחָה‭ ‬הוּא‭ ‬לַעָם

נֵס‭ ‬גָדוֹל‭ ‬הָיָה‭ ‬שָם

נֵס‭ ‬גָדוֹל‭ ‬הָיָה‭ ‬שָם

חַג‭ ‬שִׂמְחָה‭ ‬הוּא‭ ‬לַעָם

 

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Come light the menorah

Let’s have a party

We’ll all dance the hora

Gather ’round the table

We’ll give you a treat

Sivivon to play with and latkes 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

One for each night, they shed a sweet light

to remind us of days long ago!

In Yiddish:

Oy Chanukah oy Chanukah,

A yontif a sheiner,

A lustiker a freylicher

Nito noch a zeyner.

Alle nacht in dreydlech shpiln mir

Zudik hesse latkes essen mir

Geshvinder tsindt kinder

di Chanukah lichtelech on.

Zol yeder bazunder bazingen dem vunder

un tantzen freylech in kohn

 

Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages) 

Rock of Ages let our song,

Praise thy saving power;

Thou amidst the raging foes,

Wast our sheltering tower.

Furiously they assailed us,

But Thine arm availed us

And Thy word broke their sword,

When our own strength failed us.

And Thy word broke their sword,

When our own strength failed us.

Hebrew:

Maoz tzur y’shuati

l’cha naeh l’shabeach

Tikon beit t’filati

v’sham todah n’zabeach.

L’eit tachin matbeach

mitzar hamnabeach

Az egmor b’shir mizmor

chanukat hamizbeach

Az egmor b’shir mizmor

chanukat hamizbeach.

 

מָעוֹז‭ ‬צוּר‭ ‬יְשׁוּעָתִי

לְךָ‭ ‬נָאֶה‭ ‬לְשַׁבֵּחַ

תִּכּוֹן‭ ‬בֵּית‭ ‬תְּפִלָּתִי

וְשָׁם‭ ‬תּוֹדָה‭ ‬נְזַבֵּחַ‭.‬

לְעֵת‭ ‬תָּכִין‭ ‬מַטְבֵּחַ

מִצָּר‭ ‬הַמְנַבֵּחַ‭.‬

אָז‭ ‬אֶגְמוֹר‭ ‬בְּשִׁיר‭ ‬מִזְמוֹר

חֲנֻכַּת‭ ‬הַמִּזְבֵּחַ‭.‬

 

(Lyrics provided through My Jewish Learning, and hebrew songs dot com) 

 

 

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