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Beyond the Dreidel

Monday, 14 December 2009


Feeling as though the mainstream radio stations aren’t being very inclusive this time of year? Hoping to create a sense of Chanukah?

Take a look at some of my favourite Chanukah offerings:

If swing is your thing, check out Hanukkah Swings.




Try Chanukah music..Israeli-style with Hanukkah Songs by Matan Ariel.




Craig Taubman takes Chanukah standards and gives them a chill, lounge sound. Go hang in the Hanukkah Lounge.


An eclectic collection of melodies and artists come together on Festival of Light 2.




Totally irreverent and sometimes inappropriate, but always funny! Hanukkah Rocks, thanks to The LeeVees.




Chanukah NEVER sounded like this before! World-fushion musician Erran Baron Cohen provides a whole new beat with Songs in the Key of Hanukkah.


And for those of you who subscribe to satellite radio, you can find Radio Hanukkah on Channel 28 (XM) of Channel 76 (SIRIUS). And some satellite television companies carry it as well.

There’s nothing wrong with singing about a dreidel. But it’s hard to get excited about Chanukah music if that’s the extent of your Chanukah repertoire.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 14 December 2009 11:38 pm

    Radio Chanukah? Wow,that is different.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 16 December 2009 1:01 pm

      It’s the third year that they’ve done it and it really is cool. Interviews, interesting music, etc.

  2. Tuesday, 15 December 2009 6:20 am

    Pandora has a Chanukah station as well for free online streaming music.

    I looooove listening to it at work. I think the girl in the office next to me is starting to like it too 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 16 December 2009 1:01 pm

      Totally forgot about Pandora. Thanks!!! And thanks for stopping by Frume Sarah’s World 🙂

  3. Tuesday, 15 December 2009 6:38 am

    Liked the Matan Ariel link – lots of Hebrew favorites! Except that now I’m not going to get any work done today.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 16 December 2009 1:02 pm

      I LOVE his stuff!!! Totally reminds me of the scratchy old records of Israeli kids’ songs that my parents used to play when we were kids.

  4. Friday, 18 December 2009 4:21 pm

    Radio Hanukkah may actually be the most perfect example of everything that’s wrong with American Jewish society in the 21st century:

    http://ronmossad.blogspot.com/2009/12/radio-hanukkah-broadcasting-live-from.html

    Does anyone even remember what the whole point of this holiday is anymore??

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Friday, 18 December 2009 5:50 pm

      Ron —

      Radio Hanukkah may not be to your liking, but I’m sure there must be a better example of what ails contemporary American Jewish society.

      There are many kinds of Jews and many ways to be Jewish. For those of us who live chutz la’aretz (outside The Land), hearing Jewish music in a sea of Christmas music can be a necessary beacon. And before you respond with “well, then you should just make aliyah,” let me respond with “that just isn’t a realistic possibility for all Jews.”

      Chanukah, like all of our holidays, have been altered in each country in which we have lived. Taking on aspects of the host majority culture is not a new development. So it is not surprising that Chanukah in Israel and Chanukah in America focus on different aspects of the story.

      I can assure you that we sing Mi Y’maleil AND Maoz Tzur as well as include Al Hanissim. We know what is the reason for our season!

      Thanks for stopping by Frume Sarah’s World and chag urim sameach!

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