Sivivon Sov Sov Sov

The iconic dreidel song for Hanukkah.

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"Sivivon Sov Sov Sov" is known as the other dreidel song--not to be confused with the one about making dreidels out of clay. A dreidel has two sets of letters--outside of Israel, a shin, which stands for sham, or "there," in the phrase "A great miracle happened there." Instead, in Israel, there's a pey, which stands for po, or "here," since the miracle of Hanukkah actually happened in Israel.

Similarly, "Sivivon" has two sets of lyrics: one sung in Israel, which refers to the "great miracle" as happening "here," and one that references it "there."

Sivivon (outside of Israel)

English (translation):
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin
Chanukah is a great holiday.
Chanukah is a great holiday.
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.

    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.

Hebrew:
Sivivon, sov, sov, sov
Chanukah, hu chag tov
Chanukah, hu chag tov
Sivivon, sov, sov, sov!

    Chag simcha hu la-am
    Nes gadol haya sham
    Nes gadol haya sham
    Chag simcha hu la-am.

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

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Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a Brooklyn-based musician, writer, and Jewish educator. Her band, Girls in Trouble (original art-pop songs about women in Torah) released their self-titled debut on JDub Records, and she is the violinist in klezmer-rock band Golem. A published poet, Alicia has a MA in Jewish Womens Studies and a MFA in poetry; as a Jewish educator, she specializes in creative, meaningful online bar/bat mitzvah preparation.