Chanukah Songs and Sounds From Across the Globe

From Turkey to France, in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino: Have a listen!

The National Library of Israel
We have collected some holiday favorites from Jewish communities around the world. Have a listen to these recordings of Chanukah songs and blessings from the Library’s National Sound Archive.   Ashkenaz Candle Lighting Blessing Performed by Eliyahu Kum Recorded by the National Sound Archives Chabad Synagogue, the Old City, Jerusalem, Chanukah 1968 YC 1945   Carlebach Style Candle Lighting Blessing Performed by Shlomo Carlebach accompanied by instruments and audience Recorded by Ephraim Yaakov Wise Auditorium, Jerusalem, Chanukah 1979 YC 1537   Hungarian Candle Lighting Blessing Performed by Abraham Ahrenfeld Recorded by Avigdor Herzog The National Sound Archives studio, 1975 Y 1851   Algerian Candle Lighting Blessing Performed by Meir Zini Communaute Israelite France, 1966 YC 2930   Sephardic Candle Lighting Blessing Performed and recorded by the Recanati Family Chanukah 1968 YC 2865    

Maoz Zur

Ashkenaz Version – Maoz Zur Arranged and conducted by Arieh Levanon Performed by Kol Israel Choir 1962 MCD 74   Germany, Frankfurt – Maoz Zur Performed by Mr. Friedenberg Recorded by Avigdor Herzog Jerusalem, 1957 Y 3336   Hungary – Maoz Zur Performed by Abraham Ahrenfeld Recorded by Avigdor Herzog The National Sound Archive studio, 1975 Y 1851   Boyan Hassidim – Maoz Zur (Yewanim Niqbezu Alay) Performed by a group of Hassidim Recorded by Yaakov Mazor “Tisch” on “Zot Chanuka” Tif’eret Yisrael Yeshiva, Jerusalem 1987 Y 5623   Italy, Verona (Ashkenaz) – Maoz Zur (Variant of the tune transcribed by Benedetto Marcello in the 18th century) Performed by Mario Volterra Recorded by Leo Levi Italy, Bologna, 1956 Y 156  

Mizmor Shir Chanukat Ha-bayit (Psalm 30)

Algeria, Oran Performed by Meir Zini Communaute Israelite France, 1966 YC 2930  

Shnei Nikhratim (Piyyut for “Shabbat Chanukah”)

France, Alsace Performed by Michel Heymann Recorded by Chana Englard Mulhouse, France, 1988 Y 5913  

Yiddish song: Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh

Text by Morris Rosenfeld Performed by Louis Danto Recorded by Chana Englard Hekhal Shelomo, Jerusalem, Chanukah 1982 Yc 2137
Oh, you little candles, You tell stories, Innumerable legends: You tell of blood, Triumph and courage – Wonders of the past!When I see you lighting A shiny dream comes about, An old dream is speaking: “Jew, you fought once, Jew, you triumphed once”. God! It’s hardly believable!Oh, you little candles! Your stories Awaken my pain, Deep down my heart moves And with tears a question rises, “What will happen now?”

Judeo-Spanish song: Dak il tas

Turkey Performed by Bienvenida Aguado Recorded by Susana Weich-Shahak Bat-Yam, 2001 CD 2980 Dak il tas, toma’l tas Las muchachas meten bas En Sabat de Chanukah Ocho dias de Chanukah Lehadlik ner shel Chanukah. El vino de la serada Que a mi muncho m’agrada A beber en Chanukah Ocho dias… Mete la carne al tandur Taneremos un buen santur En Shabat de Chanukah Ocho dias… English translation: Strike the tray, take from the tray The girls play On Shabbath Chanukah. Eight days of Chanukah “To light a candle of Chanukah”     Try these articles as well: Bringing Darkness to Light: Singing Chanukah Songs Through the Holocaust The Enigmatic Researcher of the Magic of Music The Majesty and the Mystery of Kol Nidre  

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