Entries tagged with “Hanukkah”.

With Arik Einstein having left us on the eve of Hanukkah the whole holiday looks different. I do not know how Arik was celebrating the holiday. His daughters married in very religious families, he was in-law-ed with his ex-partner Uri Zohar. Was he keeping the tradition? I have no idea, but certainly music was part of his feelings.


source: joanofcards.blogspot.com

source: joanofcards.blogspot.com


Best way to celebrate Hanukkah this year seems to me to look for some of the music created for the holiday. I did not go back in time but rather looked for some rock variants of the Hanukkah music. The findings show to me as in other cases that there is no one way to celebrate the Jewish holidays and live the tradition.



Here is the ‘Hanukkah Rock of Ages’ – a fabulous collection of rock anthems selected and adapted for the holidays.



Next is Neil Diamond covering Adam Sandler’s ‘The Chanukah Song.’



Last but best is the new one from the Maccabeats created for this years holiday – Burn


Happy Hanukkah! Hag Sameakh!





As we are lighting the first candle of Hanukkah tonight, as the tradition of The Catcher in the Sand requires on any Jewish holiday, let us have a slightly different perspective on the holiday. As the holiday is besides candles and sufganiot (doughnuts) also about the Maccabees here are a few reflections of the holiday in art, music … and laughs.


source http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:24v_Leiden_I_Maccabees.jpg


Appreciation for Jewish military skills is not something as new as I thought. Medieval manuscripts already included scenes from the battles of the Maccabees. Here is a Leiden illuminated manuscript, 1 Maccabees and Flavius Vegetius Renatus – ‘Epitoma rei militaris’ (Book IV) painted at the end of the 12th century. This was actually a Latin treaty of military art which took the deeds of the Maccabees as one of the examples .


source http://www.feelbyte.com/Jean-Fouquet/Battle-between-the-Maccabees-and-the-Bacchides-162108.html


Here is the 15th century representation of the Battle between the Maccabees and the Bacchides as painted by Jean Fouquet.


source http://art-unwashed.blogspot.co.il/2011/11/restitution-follies-217-years-later.html


Rubens’ The Triumph of Judah Maccabee is one of the most famous pieces of Renaissance art dedicated the story of the Maccabees. Interestingly enough the painting which can be found today in the Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes is the object of a dispute nowadays between France and Belgium, which claims its return more than 200 after it was part of the trophies Napoleon brought to France during the Napoleonic wars.


source http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/giovanni-domenico-tiepolo/the-seven-maccabee-brothers-are-condemned-to-death-by-antiochus-iv


An 18th century painting by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo represents the scene where The seven Maccabee brothers are condemned to death by Antiochus IV.

(video source Zadlem)


Out of the musical creations Haendel’s Judas Maccabeus Oratorio is one of the most famous – here is the overture.


(video source The Maccabees)


Nowadays the name The Maccabees belongs to an English indie rock band. How did they pick it? Well, they just flipped the Bible and picked a name, and the rest was (kind of) history. Here is a song called Ayla taken from Given To The Wild, an album released this summer.


(video source Uri Westrich)


They are of course not to be confused with The Maccabeats the a capella group originally formed in 2007 as the NYC Yeshiva University’s student vocal group and – yes! – this is a Hanukkah song.


(video source The Jimmy Kimmel Live Channel)


Even our friend (well ..) Mel Gibson became involved with a project of a film about Judah Maccabee. It looks like the project is on hold by now, but Jimmy Kimmel succeeded to obtain the trailer :-)


Hag Hanukkah Sameah! A Happy Hanukkah!


source http://www.dogonews.com/2010/12/13/video-of-the-week-jam-to-this-hanukkah-beat


As the whole Jewish world prepares to light tomorrow night the first candle of the Hanukkah festival, I searched the net as I always do for the traditional round of significant clips, songs, images related to the holiday to post on ‘The Catcher in the Sand’. It always is a rather easier task on Hanukkah than for many other holidays, as the positive and heroic message of this holiday translates in a lot of music and joy. So I decided to focus more the search this time and gather some of the more significant pieces of music created and posted in the last year in Jewish American and Israeli musical space. My findings were amazing. In two words – Hanukkah Rocks!


(video source westdawg63)


(video source MaccabeatsChannel)


My favorite holidays band are the Maccabeats – the chorus of the New York Yeshiva University. This was a great year for them with a performance at the White House praised by president Obama, the release of their first CD and a tour in Israel.


(video source einpratfountainheads)


The Ein Prat Fountainheads are a group of Israeli singers and dancers, students or graduates of the Israeli Academy for Leadership. Their life and studies are about ‘working to create a new Israeli-Jewish identity and building a strong and diverse community that celebrates Jewish life’.


(video source MatisyahuTVSME)


This was a year of changes also for the alternative and reggae singer Matisyahu, who recently announced that he gave up the Hassidic Jew appearance and mode of life in search for other forms of spirituality. Good luck to him – what is important is that he will keep doing good music.

To all my friends – Hag Hanukkah Sameakh!

source us.ebid.net

Coincidentele calendarelor fac ca astazi sa avem o sarbatoare dubla – Ziua Nationala a Romaniei si prima lumanare a sarbatorii de Hanuca. In moduri diferite cele doua sarbatori simbolizeaza dorinta de libertate a celor doua popoare – roman si evreu – si marcheaza speranta in biruinta luptei lor pentru libertate si intregire fizica si spirituala.

(video source tunaru)

The hazards of the calendars makes of this year’s December 1st a double day of celebration for me. It’s both the National Day of Romania marking the complete reunification of all Romanians in one country on December 1st 1918, and also it’s the first night of Hanukkah, when Jews light the first of the eight candles celebrating light and freedom. In different ways the two holidays symbolize the thirst for freedom of the two peoples, and the hope towards physical and spiritual unity.

(video source beeleepro)

La Multi Ani, Romania!

Hag Hanuca Sameah!