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A popular Hebrew Hanukkah song, “Sevivon” or “S’vivon” (Hebrew: סביבון sevivon) is Hebrew for “dreidel”, where dreidel (Yiddish: דרײדל dreydl) is the Yiddish word for a spinning top. (source)

Lyrics – Transliteration

(Hebrew folk song)

Refrain
Sevivon, sov sov sov
chanukah hu chag tov
chanukah hu chag tov
sevivon, sov sov sov.

1. (outside of Israel)
Chag simcha hu la-am
Nes gadol haya sham
Nes gadol haya sham
Chag simcha hu la-am. Refrain

2. (inside of Israel)
Sov na sov ko va’cho
Nes gadol haya po
Nes gadol haya po
Sov na sov ko va’cho! Refrain

English Translation

Refrain
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin
Chanukah is a great holiday.
Chanukah is a great holiday.
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.

1. 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. Refrain

2. Spin, please, spin like this and that.
A great miracle happened here
A great miracle happened here
Spin, please, spin like this and that. Refrain

Hebrew – סֵבִיבוֹן

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

סב נא סב כה וכה
נס גדול היה פה
נס גדול היה פה
סב נא סב כה וכה

  (or available for purchase here or here)

  • Printable & Digital Rhythm Visuals
  • Song with chords, Lesson ideas for Rhythm (Quarter & Eighth notes) (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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