Need help remembering the melodies and lyrics of your favorite Hanukkah songs? Or tired of the same one or two songs that your family always sings at Hanukkah gatherings? Numerous recordings and songbooks are available for purchase on Amazon.com and Judaica stores, but you can also get much of the material for free (or pay only for the individual songs you want) at the sites below:
Lyrics for the following songs in English, Hebrew and transliteration. Free audio streaming. Find Israeli Hanukkah songs here.
- Mi Yimalel (Who Can Retell)?
- Svivon Sov Sov Sov (Dreidel Spin)
- Hanukkah O Hanukkah (In English, with a video of it in Yiddish and English)
- Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)
Choose from more than 10 songs, select the style in which you want them formatted/printed and then download a customized PDF song sheet containing all your selections.
Free lyrics in English, Hebrew and transliteration for 10 Hanukkah songs, plus links to audio recordings of them.
More than 20 songs — lyrics (in English only) and sample audio recording available for free download. Instant downloads of full audio recordings (including instrumentals only) and sheet music of each song available for purchase.
Numerous traditional songs can be streamed for free, with lyrics in Hebrew, English and transliteration. The same songs are also available here in a more child-friendly format.
11 modern songs, with videos embedded and links directing users to sites where available for purchase. No lyrics provided.
Videos of performers, ranging from Matisyahu to Six13 to the classics, enjoy this eclectic playlist.
Their a capella song “Candlelight” (a parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) offers a nontraditional option. The video is featured below, and lyrics can be found here. Their “Hasmonean” (also featured below) parodies several songs from the hit musical Hamilton. The lyrics can be found here (you will have to scroll down a bit.)
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Pronounced: KHAH-nuh-kah, also ha-new-KAH, an eight-day festival commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and subsequent rededication of the temple. Falls in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually corresponds with December.