Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ner Li

A Hebrew folk song for Hanukkah

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ma'oz Tzur

Hebrew folk song for Hanukkah

"Ma'oz Tzur" (Hebrew: מעוז צור‎ Māʕōz Sˤūr) is a Jewish liturgical poem or piyyut. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Hanukkah, after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur. This Hebrew song is thought to have been written sometime in the 13th century during the Crusades.. Of its six stanzas sometimes only the first stanza is sung (or the first and fifth). The hymn means "Stronghold of Rock" and is a name for God. The first letters of the first five stanzas form an acrostic of the composer's name, Mordechai. The hymn retells Jewish history in poetic form and celebrates deliverance from four ancient enemies. (source

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Hanukkah Songs

Al Hanisim

Dreidel Song

Hanukkah, Hanukkah

Ma'oz Tzur - more

Ner Li

O Hanukkah


Sunday, November 23, 2014

La Rama

La Rama (the branch) is a holiday tradition that takes place during the dates of the Posadas, from 16 to 24 December in the south and center of the state of Veracruz. (source)


1. From Veracruz we come walking
   And we are looking for the baby Jesus

2. In a little hut of lime and sand
   Jesus was born on Christmas Eve

3. Go outside, look at what beauties
    You will see the branch covered in flowers

4. Oranges and limes, limes and lemons
    The Virgin even more beautiful than all of the flowers