Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Hanuyearkah!

Yes, it's New Year's Day, but it's also still Hanukkah until sundown, so here's one more song, especially for those of you who had too much of a good time last night:

Happy HaNewYearkah


Congregation Adas Emuno!



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Don't Let the Light Go Out!

For this last night of Hanukkah, here is "Light One Candle," written by Peter Yarrow, performed as a beautiful and moving live concert rendition, by Peter, Paul, and Mary:

This is very much a song about social consciousness, social justice, and social action, one of the great themes of the Jewish religious tradition.  And here are the lyrics:

Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that their light didn't die
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker's time is at hand

Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe
And light one candle for those who are suffering
Pain we learned so long ago
Light one candle for all we believe in
That anger not tear us apart
And light one candle to find us together
With peace as the song in our hearts

Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears.

What is the memory that's valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died
That we cry out they've not died in vain?
We have come this far always believing
That justice would somehow prevail
This is the burden, this is the promise
This is why we will not fail!

Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!
Don't let the light go out!
Don't let the light go out!
Don't let the light go out!

Let that message ring out loud and clear, during the Festival of Lights, and beyond:  



Friday, December 30, 2016

Hanukkah Here and There!

Where would you spend the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, if you had to choose? Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? Paris, the "city of lights"?  At home, here in New Jersey, or across the Hudson in New York City?  Well, here are Tom Lehrer's thoughts on the matter:

Where you spend Hanukkah may determine what your dreydel says.  If you're outside Israel, your dreydel should have the four letters:
 nun נ
gimel ג
hei ה
shin ש
which stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, a Great Miracle Happened There!

But in Israel, the fourth letter is a
pei פ
which stands for Nes Gadol Hayah Po, a Great Miracle Happened Here!  

Which brings us to this jazzy video featuring Israeli rapper Sagol 59's "Take Five"-inspired Hanukkah melody:

And so, wherever you may be right now, we wish you a very happy Hanukkah!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Candle Lighting Rube Goldberg Style

Now this is how to light those Hanukkah candles! Please enjoy Lighting the Hanukkah Candles Faster Technion Rube Goldberg Machine

But don't try this at home, kids! Just have a happy and safe Festival of Lights!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Zazzy Hanukkah to All!

"Hanukkah Zazz" is an app for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices featuring Zazzy Katz, the holiday party cat! We're not involved in endorsing it, but they do have a pretty neat Hanukkah video on YouTube that we're happy to share with you here, in celebration of the season:

And here's another neat video with a bit of a promotion that we have no stake in or connection to, but that may be of interest, and may be worthwhile. The video features three Hanukkah songs, The Chanukah Song, Burn Little Candles, and Hanukkah, Happy Holiday. The songs are lovingly performed, displaying lyric and chords so you can learn to play them yourselves. And most significantly of all, they are presented in the video along with music therapy applications. On the YouTube page it says that you can download the songs for free at the music page!

And with that, we conclude by saying, have a very zazzy, and loving Hanukkah!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Boys Town Jerusalem Choir Sings Hanukkah

Boys Town Jerusalem is a high school in Jerusalem, Israel which has over 900 boys from grades 7 to grade 12 and a 2 year post high school engineering program. Once the boys graduate they continue on to enlist in the IDF (Israel Defense Force).

More than 75% of the boys come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and require substantial scholarship assistance. No student is ever turned away from Boys Town Jerusalem due to inability to pay tuition.

Here now is their Hanukkah 2016 Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah Song:

For more information about Boys Town Jerusalem, please click here.

Monday, December 26, 2016