Yep, still Chanukah!

Have a very traditional song: “Al Hanisim”; words from an extra paragraph inserted into the daily prayers on Chanukah (and Purim), melody by Dov Frimer, sung by Shira Kline:

Video by ShiraKline

Or if you are not feeling quite so traditional, here’s “Light Up the Night” by the Ein Prat Fountainheads (which actually quotes words from “Al Hanisim”):

Video by einpratfountainheads

Well. The lyrics for “Al Hanisim” are very traditional, anyway–as I said above, the words for this song are those of the introductory phrases of paragraphs inserted into daily prayers on Chanukah and Purim, and it is an expression of thanksgiving for the salvations those two Rabbinic holidays celebrate:

“And (we thank You) for the miracles, and for the salvation, and for the mighty deeds, and for the victories, and for the battles which You performed for our forefathers in those days, at this time.”

(Note that miracles and salvation come before victories and battles. Because order of importance.)

As such, we date it back to the Gaonic period, possibly the 8th or 9th century.

The melody, by Dov Frimer, dates back only to 1974, when it debuted at the Chassidic Song Festival (which makes it traditional if you were in high school at that time), but it’s among the most popular melodies for those words, being very danceable. (Although there are other melodies for the same words moving up on it…)

As for the Fountainheads, they are all students (or former students) of Israel’s Ein Prat Institute, an academy that creates programs to unite Jews across the religious and political spectrum. As a member (Ahava Katrin) put it:

You can always find something controversial and gray and ugly and problematic [to write] if you want. But that is not what we want to get into. […] What our music is about is connecting to Judaism and the holidays and making people smile.

Sounds good to me!