O Hanukkah / Oh Chanukah oh Chanukah

Lyrics

(Hebrew folk song)

O Hanukkah, O 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,
Dreidels to play and latkes to eat.
And while we are playing, the candles are burning bright.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of years long ago.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of years long ago.

Oy Chanukah oy Chanukah

Lyrics - Transliteration

Oy Chanukah oy Chanukah
A yontif a sheyner,
A lustiker a freylekher
Nisht do nokh azoyner
Ale nakht mit dreydlech shpiln mir,
Frishe heyse latkes, esn on a shir.

Geshvinder, tsindt kinder
Di Chanukah likhtlech on,
Zogt “Al Hanisim”, loybt Got far di nisim,
Un lomir ale tantsen in kon.
Zogt “Al Hanisim”, loybt Got far di nisim,
Un lomir ale tantsen in kon.

Translation - Oh Chanukah

Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
A beautiful celebration.
Such a cheerful and happy one,
There is none like it.
Every night with the dreidels we will play,
Fresh, hot latkes we will eat endlessly.

Come quickly children
Light the Chanukah candles
Say “Al Hanissim”, praise God for the miracles,
And we will all dance together in a circle!
Say “Al Hanissim”, praise God for the miracles,
And we will all dance together in a circle!

Yiddish – חנוכּה אױ חנוכּה

חנוכה אוי חנוכה
אַ יום-טוב אַ שיינער
אַ לוסטיקער אַ פריילעכער
נישט דאָ נאָך אַזוינער
אַלע נאַכט מיט דריידלעך שפילן מיר,
פרישע הייסע לאַטקעס, עסן אָן אַ שיעור.

געשווינדער, צינדט קינדער
די חנוכה ליכטלעך אָן,
זאָגט על-הניסים, לויבט גאָט פאַר די נסים,
און לאָמיר אַלע טאַנצען אין קאָן.
זאָגט על-הניסים, לויבט גאָט פאַר די נסים,
און לאָמיר אַלע טאַנצען אין קאָן.

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  • Printable & Digital Rhythm Visuals
  • Song with chords in 2 keys, Lesson ideas – Form AB, 2 Orff arrangements, Recorder Student Copies (notes A, D’- countermelody)
  • MIDI file
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