A Chanukah Musical Celebration

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sufganiot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) for Hanukkah. Sufganiot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts) for Hanukkah. (Photo by Liora Noam-Kravitz)

The spirit of Chanukah, a holiday joyous at freedom's triumph and spiritual re-dedication, is richly reflected in the folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries.

WQXR host Naomi Lewin presents this music in a program that was produced while she was at WGUC in Cincinnati.

Music for A Chanukah Musical Celebration:

Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
Chanukah at Home
Rounder 8017

George Frederich Handel
See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes
DG 457196

"Maoz Tzur"
Lights-Zamir Chorale of Boston

Mi Yemaleil and Chag Yafe
Rounder 8017

Eight Candles and Sevivon
Rounder 8017

I Have a Little Dreydl and Ocho Kandelikas
Rhino RZ 75349

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)
TV Matters MUM9040

"To Life-Chanukah"
Rhino RZ 75349


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Comments [5]

Vinni Gittleman from Rockland

Having so enjoyed your other holiday broadcasts I was looking foward to this one. However, I neither heard nor saw any notice of it until just now. I am so sorry to have missed it. I'm sure it was just as delightful as your earlier programs. We watched the program in the Green Space and appreciated it but prefer the more traditional melodies. Thank you for the programs and Happy Holidays to you and all the staff at WQXR.

Dec. 23 2013 10:17 AM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

According to Wikipedia (with reference):

"Synagogues have a continually lit lamp or light in front of the Ark, where the Torah scroll is kept, called the ner tamid (eternal light). This lamp represents the continually lit ner Elohim of the menorah used in Temple times."

[Birnbaum, Philip (1975). A Book of Jewish Concepts. New York: Hebrew Publishing Company. pp. 366–367. ISBN 088482876X.]

There also seems to be some confusion over whether the lamps of the era were candelabra like or simply "vessels."

An eternal flame by any other name would burn as long.

Nov. 29 2013 10:30 AM
HR from NY

The miracle of Chanukah has nothing to do with the ner tamid (the eternal lamp) staying lit for eight days. The miracle is that the menorah (the candelabra) stayed lit for eight days. How did they get this wrong??

Nov. 29 2013 03:03 AM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

I clicked the "Play" button just after 6PM with the title still showing for this program but it was over. No web audio so I missed the cliche. But thanks for bothering. I'm in Brooklyn so maybe next year.

Nov. 27 2013 11:30 PM
Laurie Stone from NYC

I had to turn off the radio during the Hannukah programming, although I otherwise listen all the time. Cliched into sullen boredom, it could have been 1950 . . . nothing original or enlivening? I'm sorry you bothered.

Nov. 27 2013 06:18 PM

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