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I Have a Little Dreydel
(C major)

I have a little dreydel
I made it out of clay.
And when it's dry and ready
Then dreydel I shall play.

CHORUS:
Oh, dreydel, dreydel, dreydel
I made it out of clay
And when it's dry and ready
Then dreydel I shall play.

It has a lovely body
With leg so short and thin
And when it is all tired
It drops and then I win.

CHORUS:
Oh, dreydel...

My dreydel's always playful
It loves to dance and spin
A happy game of dreydel
Come play now let's begin!

CHORUS:
Oh, dreydel...




Rock of Ages (Maoz Tsur)
(C major)

Rock of Ages, let our song                        Ma-oz tzur y'shu-a-tee
Praise Thy saving power.                          L'cha na-eh l'sha-bey-ach
Thou amidst the ragin foes,                       Tee-kon beyt t'fee-la-tee
Wast our shelt'ring tower.                        V'sham to-dah n'za-bey-ach
Furious they assailed us,                         L'eyt ta-chin mat-bey-ach
But Thine arm availed us,                         Mee-tzar ham'na-bey-ach
And Thy word                                      Az eg-mor b'shir miz-mor
Broke their sword                                 Chanukat ha-miz-be-ach.
When our own strength failed us.



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Who Can Retell? (Mi yemaleil)
(C major/G minor)

Who can retell the things that befell us?       Hen b'chol dor yakum ha-gibor
Who can count them?                             Go-el ha-am.
In ev'ry age a hero or sage
Came to our aid.                                Sh'ma!
                                                Ba-ya-mim ha-hem baz'man ha-zeh
Ah...at this time of year in days of yore       Ma-ka-bee mo-shee-a u-fo-deh
Maccabees the temple did restore.               Uv'ya-mei-nu kol am Yisrael
And today our people as we dreamed              Yit-a-ched ya-kum v'yi-ga-el.
Will arise, unite and be redeemed.
                                                Mi yemaleil...
CHORUS: Who can retell...

Mi yemaleil g'vurot Yisrael
O'tan mi yim-neh.



Chanukah Chag Yafeh
(C major)

Chanukah, Chanuka, joyous holiday.
Candles bright, cheerful light,
Children have their way.
Chanukah, Chanukah, sevivon sov, sov
Spin and turn, spin and turn
While the candles burn.

Chanukah, Chanukah
Chag yafeh kol kach
Chag shell or, shag shell dror,
Mi ze lo ismach?
Al kol kir, ner mazhir,
Al midgal vagag-
Shiru na, Chanukah,
Ein kamohu chag.




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Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
(C minor)

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:
Svivonim 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.

Oy Chanukah, oy Chanukah, a yontev a shey-ner
A lus-ti-ger a frey-lecher, ni-to noch azoyner.
Alle nacht in dreydl, sphillen mir
Zudig-heyse latkes esn mir.
Ge-sh'vinder, tsindt kinder
Di Chanukah lichtelech on
Lomir alle zingen, lomir alle shpringen
Un lomir alle tantsn in kon.




Hava Narima
Ha-va na-ri-mah nes va-a-souka
Ya-chad po na-shee-ra
Chir ha-chanukah.

Ma-ka-bim a-nach-nu
Deeg-ley-nu ram na-chon
Ba-ye-va'nim nil-cham-nu
Ve-lanu ha-nee-tza-chon.




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Eight Days of Chanukah
(C minor)

Once there was a time we had a Temple
Where every Jew would go three times a year.
There we worshipped God in our tradition
Till suddenly a tyrant did appear.

CHORUS:
Eight days of Chanukah, eight days of Chanukah
We celebrate the festival of light.
Those days in history
Still live for you and me.
Let's keep the flame forever shining bright.

Then at Modin Mattathias told us:
"Whoever is for God come join our band!"
Led by Judah and his faithful brothers
We drove the tyrant from our holy land.

CHORUS:
Eight days of Chanukah, (etc)

When they came to dedicate the Temple
How their hearts were heavy with despair.
Impurities and idols all around them
And just one jar of pure oil was there.
But with faith in God they cleansed the Temple
Kindled that small lamp with hope and love.
Then the story had a happy ending:
Eight days of blessed light came from above.

CHORUS:
Eight days of Chanukah, (etc)



Ner Li
Ner li, ner li, ner li da-keek
Ba-Chanukah neri ad-lik.
Ba-Chanukah neri ya-ir
Ba-Chanukah shirim ashir.




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Light One Candle
(Peter Yarrow)

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.
Light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peace-maker's time is at hand.

CHORUS:
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.
Light one candle for those who are suffering
The pain we learned so long ago.
Light one candle for all we believe in
Let anger not tear us apart.
And light one candle to bring us together
With peace as the song in our hears.

CHORUS:
Don't let the light ....

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
When 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 and this is the promise
And this is why we will not fail!

CHORUS:
Don't let the light...




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