Let us turn our thoughts today…


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Some dreams need work to hold onto–let’s keep working on this one, okay?

 
As George Washington wrote to the Jews of Newport:

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

(Source: Touro Synagogue)

Happy first night of Chanukah!

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In honor of which, I bring you two–yes, two!–Chanukah songs.

The first is “Candlelight,” sung by the Maccabeats:


Video by Uri Westrich

In case you were wondering about the lines in “Candlelight” that run:

We say “ma’oz tzur”
Oh, yeah, for all eight nights,

 
that is my second song, a very traditional Chanukah song.

“Ma’oz Tzur,” sung by students of Israel’s Technion*:


Video by Technion

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Fried foods taste good, okay?

This third night of Chanukah, my family had latkes at dinner, and so I bring you the Maccabeats singing “Latke Recipe,” lyrics by Spencer Garfield:


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There is also a demonstration video version:


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(More about the song after the jump.)
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It’s the first night of Chanukah!

In honor of which, I bring you two (count ’em, two!) Chanukah songs.

The first is “Candlelight,” sung by the Maccabeats:

Video by Uri Westrich

And in case you were wondering about the lines in “Candlelight” that run:

We say “ma’oz tzur”
Oh, yeah, for all eight nights,

 
that is my second song, a very traditional Chanukah song.

“Ma’oz Tzur,” sung by students of Technion:

Video by Technion.

In case you are unfamiliar with the institution, Technion can be described as the MIT of Israel. They certainly sing it way, WAY better than I can–and they are appropriately ingenious with their instruments.

(More on the songs after the jump.)

Now go have some latkes or sufganiyot! Chag sameach (happy holiday)!
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It’s the first night of Chanukah!

In honor of which–surprise!–two (count ’em, two!) Chanukah songs.

The first is the Maccabeats’ “Candlelight” (melody by Taio Cruz, new lyrics by David Block and Immanuel Shalev):


Video by Uri Westrich

And in case you were wondering about the lyrics in “Candlelight” that run,

We say ma’oz tzur
Oh, yeah, for all eight nights,

 
that is the second song, a very traditional (probably written in the 13th century–that’s a long tradition!) Chanukah song.

“Ma’oz Tzur,” sung by students of Technion:


Video by Technion.