SECOND HANUKAH-KABBALAT SHABBAT OF 5770, DEC. 18th, 2009

On December 18th, 2009 Cantor Lisa Forst led our Congregation in Hanukah songs
EIGHT DAYS OF HANUKKAH
Lyrics by Senator Orrin Hatch
Music by Madeline Stone
Sung by Rasheeda Azar

Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, the festival of lights
In Jerusalem, the oil burned bright.
They lit the menorah, in that holy place
What a miracle to last eight days.

Eight days of Hanukkah, come let's celebrate.
Eight days of Hanukkah, let's celebrate tonight. Hey!
Eight days of Hanukkah, come let's celebrate.
Come let's celebrate tonight

A small band of people led the way,
Through the darkest night they prayed,
Seeking religious freedom, did more than just survive.
They defeated a might empire, free to believe.
Just the way they wanted to. It made history.

Eight days of Hanukkah, come let's celebrate.
Eight days of Hanukkah, let's celebrate tonight. Hey!
Eight days of Hanukkah, come let's celebrate.
Come let's celebrate tonight Hey!

La, La, la, la, la, la ... Hey

Eight days of Hanukkah, come let's celebrate.
Come let's celebrate tonight.

Video of the song produced by the magazine Tablet
LIGHT ONE CANDLE
Music and lyrics by Peter Yarrow

Light one candle for the Maccabee children.
Give thanks that their light didn't die.
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied.
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
justice and freedom demand.
Light one candle for the wisdom to know
when the peacemakers' s time is at hand.

Chorus: Don't let the light go out.
It's lasted for so many years.
Don't let the light go out.
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Light one candle for strength that we need
To never become our own foe.
Light one candle for those who are suffering
Names we heard so long ago,
Light one candle for all we believe in,
let hate not tear us apart.
Light one candle to bind us together
with peace as the song in our heart.

Chorus

What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep alive in that flame.
What's the commitment to those who have died
When we cry out “They've not died in vain.”
We have come this far always believing
That justice will somehow prevail.
This is the burden and this is the promise
And this is why we will not fail.

Chorus

Video of Light One Candle performed by Peter, Paul and Mary
EIGHT DAYS OF CHANUKKAH
from a Russian-Jewish folk song

Once there was a time we had a Temple
Where every Jew would go three times a year
There we worshiped G-d in our tradition
Till suddenly a tyrant did appear

Eight days of chanukkah 2x
We celebrate the festival of light
Those days in history still live for you and me
Let's keep the flame forever shining bright
la-la-la.....

Then at Modin Mattathias told us
"Whoever is for G-d come, join our band"
Led by Judah and his faithful brothers
We drove the tyrant from our holy land.

When they came to dedicate the Temple
How their hearts were heavy with despair
Impurities and idols all around them
And just one jar of oil was found there

But with faith in G-d they cleansed the Temple
Kindled that small lamp with hope and love
Then the story had a happy ending
Eight days of blessed light came from above

Listen to a short clip of the song
OCHO KANDALIKAS
A Ladino song written by Flory Jagoda, from Bosnia

Hanukah linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi,
Hanukah linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi. O...

Una kandelika, dos kandelikas, tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas, sintyu kandelikas, sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

Muchas fiestas vo fazer, con alegrias i plazer
Muchas fiestas vo fazer con alegrias i plazer.
O...

Una kandellka, dos kandelikas, tres ksndelikas, kuatro kandeiikas, sintyu kandalikas, sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

Los pastelikos vo kurner, con almendrikas i la myei
Los pastelikos vo kumer, con almendrikas i la myel. O...

Una kandelika, dos kandelikas, tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas, sintyu kandelikas, sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

Video of the song performed by a professional band

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*Jerry Goldberg Explains the History of Senator Hatch's Hanukah Song