In this time of Advent, I try to prolong the onset of Christmas red and green — blinking lights and wrapped presents. I find that I have been delightfully distracted by these two contemporary, recently released, Hanukkah songs.
The first, Miracle by Matisyahu, a Hasidic reggae — hip hop musician, pulls off a hockey match against Santa. I have known of Matisyahu for some time and learned of his new song on a recent NPR interview. Here is a link to an essay he wrote on Hanukkah music. With the video, this song really comes to life. “Do you believe in miracles — Am I hearing you am I seeing you — Eight nights eight lights and these fights keep me right — Bless me to the highest heights with your miracles —- Bound to stumble and fall but my strength comes not from man at all.” — Matisyahu
The second, Candlelight by The Maccabeats, is a fun song that gets its point across as well with fun lyrics — “I flip my latkes in the air sometimes sayin ayy ohh spin the dreidel. Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights singin ayy oh, light the candles.” Click here for full lyrics to “Candlelight”. The Maccabeats are an all male a capella music group of Yeshiva University.
So, this is what I’m listening to. You can support good Hanukkah music by buying their music on iTunes — I did 🙂
If you like The Maccabeats — more videos are at this Youtube site
For extra credit, keep reading here on the history of the celebration of Hanukkah. Interesting that the story is contained in the books of 1 and 2 Maccabees (the Hanukkah celebration is not mentioned). These books are not in the Jewish canon of the Hebrew Bible nor in the Protestant Bible. These books are in the Catholic Canon of the Bible. Go figure….. maybe a new incentive to read Maccabees. I have it.