Lately, I’ve come across a number of music education and music therapy-related forums on which people have posted questions regarding Hanukkah, like: “What are the names of some popular Hanukkah tunes?” “Does anyone have any Hanukkah activities they like to use with their clients?” “How can I introduce the ideas and symbols of Hanukkah to my students?” As a supplement to the responses I’ve come up with thus far, I decided to write my own song highlighting [what I believe to be] the key components of Hanukkah!
From my own celebrations of Hanukkah over the past 25 years, I associate the holiday with these thoughts/images:
– “The Festival of Lights,”
– The Dreidel
– The Menorah
– Latkes (yum!).
A couple more items that could be included are Gelt- the chocolate coins used as currency in the Dreidel game, and the Hora- the traditional Jewish dance that takes place during many Jewish festivals/holidays.
A very happy Hanukkah and holiday season to all! More posts to come!—Noa