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Jewish Holiday Songs

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Shula (whom else?) 30 Sep 97 - 06:31 AM
Shula 01 Oct 97 - 06:20 PM
Abby Sale 04 Oct 97 - 03:32 PM
Shula 05 Oct 97 - 03:17 PM
Charlie Baum 05 Oct 97 - 11:01 PM
Charlie Baum 05 Oct 97 - 11:20 PM
Shula 06 Oct 97 - 03:19 AM
Charlie Baum 06 Oct 97 - 11:32 PM
Speed 07 Oct 97 - 02:12 AM
Shula 07 Oct 97 - 05:46 PM
Genie 07 Dec 04 - 08:08 PM
GUEST 08 Dec 04 - 05:20 AM
Jack The Lad 08 Dec 04 - 05:35 PM
Max 17 Sep 10 - 12:29 PM
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Subject: Jewish (fall) Holiday Songs
From: Shula (whom else?)
Date: 30 Sep 97 - 06:31 AM

Chaverim,

What with the High Holy Days almost upon us, I found myself wondering why there are so few songs, (other than liturgical works, of course), that relate to the Jewish autumn holidays. Then I bethought me, p'raps there ARE and I'm just the last t' know -- t'wouldn't be a "first" by any means!

So I put it to yez, one 'n' all, got any good stuff (not parody, unless truly delectable), about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur (dare I Ask?!), or The Festival of Succos (or Sukkot) (The Feast of Tabernacles or Weeks, I believe, to Christians) ?

Please save Hannukkah and Passover material for the appropriate thread and season; they are easier to come by. If this turns up even one or two nice songs, I'll be tickled pink. Thanks for looking.

Shalom

Shula


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Shula
Date: 01 Oct 97 - 06:20 PM

Chaverim (Comrades),

L'Shanah Tova! (Happy New Year!)

Gonna miss the Mudcat sumpin' fierce, for the next three days. Hope someone will find a toon'er'too fer dis hyar thread.

Mit Mazel un Shalom un Brocha (Luck and Peace and Blessing),

Ruth-Shulamith


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Abby Sale
Date: 04 Oct 97 - 03:32 PM

There are many. Check out any book of Jewish songs - Ruth Rubin, esp., but many others too. Dewey dcimal #784.6 or so.

The songs _about_ the holidays are generally children's songs & fairly boring - "I Had a Little Dreidl" type of stuff. But the songs traditionally _associated_ with the holidays are many and these - for that very reason - tend to be better songs & worth retaining.

The back of the siddur often has songs and there's an enormous Jewish presence on the Web, including songs.

Good luck.


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Shula
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 03:17 PM

Dear Abby,

Thanks for the suggestions. Will send to the local library directly. Agree that most of what I have encountered has been as un-thrilling as DDD, which is why I hoped for some new material to be posted here. If you have seen anything SPECIFIC to:

1. Rosh Hashanah
2. Yom Kippur (yes, this would be unlikely)
3. Sukkos
4. Shavuos (in Spring, but another musically under-represented holiday)

would be delighted to be pointed in its general direction.

Other holidays, e.g. Hannukkah, Purim, Pesach have quite a few associated songs, but songs about the four holidays listed above seem, at least to me, difficult to come by. Neither the back of several Siddurim I have consulted, nor extensive net-sweeps have dredged up much to suit the purpose, which, BTW, is the enrichment of the disgracefully banal repetoire of an all-Jewish GS troop. Anything you might care to add in the way of a title or an URL would be most appreciated.

Thank you for your trouble, and, if appropriate, L'Shana Tova!

Shula


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 11:01 PM

Shemini Hag Atzeret (aka Simchat Torah aka Simchas Tora) seems to have a batch of songs associated with it used for dancing with torahs etc.

But then again, most of those songs excerpt a verse or two from scripture (especially the Hallel psalms (113-118)) and repeat them ad infinitum/ad nauseum. They can usually be found in the song section of benchers. [For the uninitiated, "benchers," from the Yiddish word "bentchen" which derives from Latin "benedictus," are small booklets containing the grace after meals and usually some Sabbath table songs and a few other benedictions and sometimes some miscellaneous Jewish songs as well, often given out as souvenirs at weddings and bar mitzvahs.]

At least, that's what I always get to hear every year during Simchas Torah at my usual combination of Orthodox and Conservtive shuls.

Does the presence of these one-liner repetitious lyrics elsewhere in liturgy disqualify them from your count?

--Charlie Baum aka Shalom ben Chaim


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 11:20 PM

Me again. Actually, thinking about the original question, about why there are so few songs other than liturgy for the high holidays and so many for Channukkah and Passover--perhaps the very abundance of so many special Piyyutim (liturgical song/prayers) for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur diminishes the need to create other songs for the occasions. We sang all these wonderful songs out of the Mahzor (holiday prayerbook) in synagogue on Rosh Hashanah that we never get to sing at other times of the year--it's great to sing all these special songs; who needs to supplement them with stuff outside the prayerbook--we barely have time to sing the ones that are in the Mahzor!

On the other hand, Channukkah has a relative paucity of liturgical material. Aside from the "Al Hannisim" added to daily prayers and grace after meals, and the blessings for lighting Channukkah candles, nothing else is liturgically prescribed--so folk tradition steps in to fill the gap. (Sounds like a similar role to midrash, doesn't it?)

Passover has the songs at the back of the Haggadah, but most all of those are folk in origin, rather than liturgical. So the stuff in the Haggadah is seen as a compendium of folk songs (whereas the Piyyutim in the High Holiday mahzor are more along the line of art songs).

Just some random thoughts for these days of awe...

--Shalom Meir ben Chaim//Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Shula
Date: 06 Oct 97 - 03:19 AM

Failure to define terms -- my fault. Love to hear Zemiros and Piyutim, and, yes, Simchas Torah does have LOTS of songs. Still feel a tremendous gap between the "Yiddische Kiddishe Dittysche" and the liturgical works. Where are the FOLK SONGS for these occasions? Has no pintele Yid ever written a grown-up, but not particularly DRESSED-up, holiday song for Succos, at least?

NU?!

NAISCHUK???!!!!!!!

Despairingly,

Shula


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Subject: Lyr Add: (I'M SPENDING) HANUKKAH IN SANTA MONICA^^
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 Oct 97 - 11:32 PM

There's always:

I'm spending Hannukah
In Santa Monica
Wearing sandals, lighting candles by the sea.
I spend Shavuos
In East Saint Louis,
A lovely spot but clearly not the spot for me.
Those Eastern winters, I can't endure 'em
So every year I pack my gear and come out here 'til Purim.
Rosh Hashannah, I spend in Arizonna,
And Yom Kippur, way down in Mississippur.
But in December, there's just one place for me:
'Mid the California flora
I'll be lighting my menora
Every California maid'll
Find me playing with my dreidl
Spending Hannuka
In Santa Monica
By the sea...

From the pen of Tom Lehrer (!)
I learned it off the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

Yes, it's perhaps primarily a Hannuka song, but it DOES mention Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, Purim and Shavuos.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Speed
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 02:12 AM

Having grown up IN Santa Monica ,this definitely is the song for me!

(In fact, my bedroom window at my parents' home looks out "over the Santa Monica Boulevard", as the song goes. . .)

Speed


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Shula
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 05:46 PM

Charlie -- great, funny song! Must have some sort of tune, perhaps, or since you're almost local, you could ring up and sing it for me. What say?

Shula

P. S. Knew Speed would be transported. Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Genie
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 08:08 PM

Anybody know where I can find the tune for this?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 05:20 AM

I think there are several Tom Lehrer sites with MIDI.


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Jack The Lad
Date: 08 Dec 04 - 05:35 PM

Here's one for Hannuka.

Hanna Zelda Words-(Yiddish )Frankel, English- Ayala, Tanya, Jack The Lad -Tune- Drora Havkin

Rabbi Kalman:
Oh Hanna Zelda, my beloved wife,
The Feast of Hanukka has come and arrived,
And at Hanukka, my soul really aches,
For to eat some sweet potato cakes.

Hanna Zelda:
Oh Rabbi Kalman, my dear old man,
In my kitchen there's no flour for the pan,
My dearest husband, how do you think I can,
Make you a latke when no flour is at hand?

Narrator:
So Rabbi Kalman put on his hat and coat,
Went to the market, in his pocket put a groat,
There he saw some flour, and he bought a sack,
Slung it on his shoulder and to Hanna went right back.

Rabbi Kalman:
Here Hanna Zelda, my lovely darling wife,
Here is the flour, oh Light of my Life.
Because at Hanukka, my heart really aches,
For to eat, some sweet potato cakes.

Hanna Zelda:
Oh Rabbi Kalman, my dear old spouse,
Working in my kitchen, all day in the house,
In my kitchen, all day though I toil,
How can I make a latke, without any oil?

Narrator:
Again Rabbi Kalman puts on his hat and coat,
Into his pocket he puts another groat,
Runs to the market, and quickly he buys,
A little jar of oil, and homeward he flies.


Rabbi Kalman:
Here Hanna Zelda , my beloved wife,
Here is the oil, oh Light of my Life,
Because at Hannuka, my soul really aches,
For some sweet,sweet latkes, (In English 'Taty Cakes)

Hanna Zelda:
Oh Rabbi Kalman, My sweet old man,
No sugar's in my sugar bowl, do you think I can,
Fry you a 'taty cake, try as I might,
When I have no sugar for your latke tonight?

Narrator:
Poor old Rabbi Kalman, sick and tired and sore,
Back to the market he hobbles off once more.
Thinking about latkes, his belly really aches,
Goes back home with sugar, for those 'Taty Cakes.

Rabbi Kalman:
Here Hanna Zelda – My wife, my darling dear,
I have brought you sugar, let the latke now appear,
Because it is Hannuka, and my stomach aches,
For hot and sweet latkes, ( in English 'Taty Cakes)

Hanna Zelda:
Oh Rabbi Kalman, my dear old man,
Maybe tomorrow, I'll heat the frying pan,
I have waited for you all day long,
How can I fry, when I'm no longer strong?

Narrator:
So Rabbi Kalman takes off his coat and hat,
Puts on an apron, in the pan he puts some fat.
He kneads the dough, he kneads it so fast,
(He who laughs longest, is he who laughs last)


Rabbi Kalman:
Oh Hanna Zelda – morning soon will break
Open up your eyes and see my 'Taty Cake!
All:
Because at Hanukka our souls and bellies ache,
For latkes, sweet and hot- ( In English 'Taty Cake!)

December 10-2003
English translation copyright Jack The Lad
Use permitted for educational purposes only.


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Max
Date: 17 Sep 10 - 12:29 PM

Anything for Yom Kippur?


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: open mike
Date: 17 Sep 10 - 01:16 PM

i heard mention on the radio yesterday of some music
with Leonard Nimoy and an orchestra...perhaps one of these:

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=55685
http://www.nasa.gov/news/special/nimoy_speaks.html
http://www.hbdirect.com/album_detail.php?pid=220726
http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=15362


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Subject: RE: Jewish Holiday Songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 17 Sep 10 - 01:19 PM

"Food, Glorious Food"? (By Lionel Bart, who was Jewish, so it counts)


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