Updated Nov 30, 2012

Hanukkah (Chanukah) Songs (& more!)

The first night of Hanukkah is Tuesday night, Dec 24, 2016. (The last: Jan 1st)

With Music

A medley video

The Rocky Hora Chanukah Song, The Shlomones

Chinese Food on Xmas

Adam Sandler's Chanukah song,  
      and version 2 (starts at 0:30);   and version 3 (at 0:30)

Hanukkah in Santa Monica, by Tom Lehrer (another link)

Happy Hanukkah for Sandy Relief, by Matisyahu

Miracle, by Matisyahu

Candlelight by The Maccabeats

The Ein Prat Fountainheads: Light Up the Night,
      I Gotta Feeling, Sevivon

Hanukkah Hey Ya! (flash mob version...) (another link...)

Dreidel, by Erran Baron Cohen

Latke Clan, and Ocho Kandelikas by The LeeVees

Chipmunk Chanukah

Mrs. Maccabee's Kitchen: New Hanukah Songs (search for "free")

Without music- just references

Hanukkah Rocks CD by the The LeeVees

Less fun, more traditional Hanukkah music

Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah album


The Real Meaning of Hanukah

The "real meaning" 1 of Hanukah is that Jews are good at war. The Maccabees rebelled against the (waning) (Greek) Seleucid empire and freed Israel for 200 years around 164 B.C.E.   Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple following the victory. So Hanukkah is essentially a Zionist holiday-- it celebrates Jews regaining the rule of Israel.

Hanukkah can be thought of as a minor holiday, sort of like Armistice Day in the US. It'd be a forgotten holiday, except for three things. First, the Jews are pretty good at remembering small holidays. Second, the Jews were trounced about 200 years later when they rebelled against the Romans, and the history of winning wars stopped until modern times, esp. the Six-Day War. Third, the holiday falls near a holiday central to capitalism and a major US religion, so many Americans incorrectly assume Hanukkah is a major holiday, too.

In our neighborhood, the local public elementary school likes to put up a few not-very-religious Xmas decorations, and to show they're not prejudiced, also a few Chanukkiyahs (menorahs) and Stars of David. While the former is a symbol of this, albeit Zionist, holiday, the latter is mainly the symbol of Israel. (As a kid, I knew little or nothing about Hanukkah, and later thought it was about the miracle of the oil candle burning for 8 days...)   Thank you, local school district, for your unwavering support of Israel this holiday season.

1. real meaning is an oxymoron. Meanings are imaginary, made-up (and then inherited)



  • The Hanukkah Story (copy)
  • Christmas songs are written by Jews (copy)   Including:
    "Happy Christmas, Little Friend"
    "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
    "Let It Snow!"
    "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    "Santa Baby"
    "Silver Bells"
    "The Christmas Song"
    "We Need a Little Christmas"
    "White Christmas,"
    "Winter Wonderland"

And for those that want an alternative, Happy Festivus
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