Oh Hanukkah – A Holiday Song with a YouTube Video

My mother-in-law sent me the lyrics to Oh Hanukkah. She sings it while lighting the Menorah* every year.

Oh Hanukkah was originally Yiddish. I believe the original version was written by Mordkhe Rivesman (1868 – 1924), who was born in Lithuania. This song is extremely popular in English now.

Here is a YouTube video rendition by the Chicago Children’s Choir, followed by the English lyrics.

Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,
Come light the Menorah
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the horah**.

Gather ’round the table, we’ll give you a treat
S’vivivim*** to play with, and latkes**** to eat.

And while we are playing,
The candles are burning low.

One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.

*A Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum used on Hanukkah.
**The horah is a popular Jewish circle dance that’s still done at special functions. It’s often done to the song Hava Nagila (see video below of people dancing it).
***S’vivim (also spelled ‘Sivivon’) is the Hebrew word for Dreidel or top.
****Latkes are potato pancakes.

Here’s a video of people dancing the Horah…

Next I’ll post the Yiddish version of Oh Chanukah with a Video!

Happy Chanukah!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Oh Hanukkah – A Holiday Song with a YouTube Video”

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  2. Anne Wolle Says:

    Thank you for publishing Oh Channuka in Yiddish and Hebrew. I really enjoy it.

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