For the past month, we in the United States have been deluged with the music of Christmas.
But now, Christmas is over, and it is the third full day of Hanukkah. (Here is an explanation of the holiday, .)
Today, for your enjoyment, some music of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, both traditional and modern. Some are children's songs that teach. Others are religious in nature.
But first, a few non religious "fun" facts about Hanukkah: (here is another take):
1. One of the fun parts of Hanukkah for children, besides helping to light the Hanukkah candles, is singing songs about the holiday, and playing a game called Dreidel. When my son was young, I used to play dreidel with him using Cheerios.
2. Hanukkah is a time to eat fried foods, as foods should contain oil in them. A favorite is latkes, a fried pancake commonly made with grated potatoes and onions. More on latkes below.
3. Another favorite is jelly donuts, or sufganiyot. One will easily set you back some 600 calories, and, nowadays, they are filled not only with jelly but with every imaginable filling.
As this is not a religious blog, I will concentrate on the secular songs, mostly contemporary. But before we get started, how about those sufganiyot? Want to see how they are made?
And now, some music.
This first song, by Six13, is a play on "Hamilton", an extremely popular Broadway play in our country.
Next, a traditional children's song called Dreidel, by Shir Soul.
Next, it's time to cook Latkes, as in Latke Recipe, back to the Maccabeats.
A modern song called "Candlelight" also by the Maccabeats.
A final song, a jazz song called "Hanukkah Lovin'" by Michelle Citrin, for fans of contemporary jazz.
As a year-end bonus, here's a recipe for latkes, a favorite dish for Hanukkah, made with grated potatoes, onions, matzoh meal, and, sometimes, parsnips. They are normally fried since one of the themes of Hanukkah is cooking with oil - i.e. frying. But I've gained too much weight this holiday season, and, when it comes time for latkes, I am going to turn to this recipe. Or something similar.
Another way to cut down the calorie count is to incorporate other veggies into the latke - such as zucchini. I love them topped with my unsweetened (homemade) applesauce.
Thank you so much to you, my readers, for making this 2,600th post possible. Without your reading support and comments, I never would have made it this far.
May your days be merry and bright. And may all your latkes be crispy and light.