It's the 25th of Kislev ...

Reply Sun 9 Dec, 2007 10:09 am
http://www.offthemarkcartoons.com/cartoons/2006-12-16.gifWelcome to Night #6! To continue our multimedia Chanukah celebration, today's film is: The Jazz Singer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018037/ The first well-known talkie (and, I think, the first musical), is about a guy whose Dad just wants him to go into the family biz and become a Cantor. But the kid's got his own plans. Al Jolson was originally named Asa Yoelson, yanno.

Today's song is: Adam Sandler's Chanukah song, version 3

Put on your yarmulke
It's time for Chanukah
Once again it's onaka
The miracle of Chanukah

Chanukah is the Festival of Lights
One day of presents?
Hell, no, we get Eight Crazy Nights

But if you fell like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree
I guess my first two songs didn't do it for you
So here comes number three

Ross and Phoebe from Friends say the Chanukah blessing
So does Lenny's pal Squiggy and Will and Grace's Debra Messing
Melissa Gilbert and Michael London never mix meat with dairy
Maybe they shoulda called that show Little Kosher House on the Prairie?
We've got Jerry Lewis, Ben Stiller and Jack Black
Tom Arnold converted to Judaism but you guys can have him back

We may not get to kiss underneath the mistletoe
But we can do it all night long with Deuce Bigelow
I'm Jewish
Put on your yarmulke, here comes Chanukah

The guy in Willie Nelson's band who plays harmonica
Celebrates Chanukah
Osama Bin Laden
Not a big fan of the Jews
Well maybe that 's because he lost a figure-skating match to gold medalist Sarah Hughes-Her mama's Jewish

Houdini and David Blaine escape strait jackets with such precision
But the one thing they could not get out of-their painful circumcision
Gwyneth Paltrow's half-Jewish but a full-time Oscar winner
Jennifer Connelly's half Jewish, too, and I'd like to put some more in her

There's Lou Reed, Perry Farrel, Beck and Paula Abdul
Joey Ramone invented punk rock music, but first came Hebrew school

Hey, Natalie Portmanika?
It's time to celebrate Chanukah?
I hope you get an abtronika
On this joyful, toyful Chanukah

So get a high colonika
And soil your long Johnikas
If you really, really wannaka?
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy,...
Happy Chanukah!

Note: for the next two nights, I'll really be scraping the barrel in order to get songs. If you know something better than I do, feel free to post!
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Region Philbis
Reply Sun 9 Dec, 2007 08:29 pm
how about a little "tradition" from FOTR? Smile
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:13 am
Excellent choice! Smile

And, oy, welcome to Day #7! To continue the multimedia (oy, such a media) celebration, today's film is: Hester Street: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073107/ Carol Kane (long before she was in Taxi as Andy Kaufman's wife) is an Orthodox woman brought to America and has trouble changing. She wears a sheitl in the film -- that's a wig -- until the end of the movie. Most of the dialogue is in Yiddish.

Today's song, by request is Tradition, from Fiddler on the Roof --
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!

Who, day and night, must scramble for a living,
Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers?
And who has the right, as master of the house,
To have the final word at home?

The Papa, the Papa! Tradition.
The Papa, the Papa! Tradition.

Who must know the way to make a proper home,
A quiet home, a kosher home?
Who must raise the family and run the home,
So Papa's free to read the holy books?

The Mama, the Mama! Tradition!
The Mama, the Mama! Tradition!

At three, I started Hebrew school. At ten, I learned a trade.
I hear they've picked a bride for me. I hope she's pretty.

The son, the son! Tradition!
The son, the son! Tradition!

And who does Mama teach to mend and tend and fix,
Preparing me to marry whoever Papa picks?

The daughter, the daughter! Tradition!
The daughter, the daughter! Tradition!
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 10:47 am
Still loving the thread and the references. Thanks, jes!

I'm also loving that it inspired me to make latkes again. It had been awhile. I believe Setanta would like to thank you for the inspiration Laughing
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 11:49 am
Just catching up -- it took me awhile to realize this thread covers a three year span of celebrations. Sorry to miss the previous discussions but Happy Chanukah to all!
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:03 pm

A little birdie gave me a bunch of Chanukah tunes for tomorrow. Plus the film will be a double feature.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:33 pm
A boid gave you Chanukah tunes, jes? I was just coming here to suggest that you end the holiday with a good old-fashioned dredl song.

Looking forward to what you have in store. I'll sing the dredl songs myself.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:40 pm
At one of the holiday concerts we went to last Friday, Sophie Milman ran through a Dredl song that she sang as a child in Israel. Lovely.
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Reply Tue 11 Dec, 2007 05:34 am

It's the 8th and final night! We're going out with a bang!

Today's film is ... wait for it ... a triple feature! First, by request: Yentl See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086619/ Based on a work by Isaac Bashevis Singer (so was Fiddler on the Roof), Yentl is the story of a woman who wants to study but tradition says she can't, so she impersonates a man. Things get dicey when she falls in love with a fellow student (played by Mandy Patinkin) but is engaged to a woman (Amy Irving, remember her from Crossing Delancey?). Of course Yentl is played by Barbra Streisand. Love her politics or hate them, it's hard to argue with her singing voice.

Our second film is: The Chosen: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082175/ It takes place in the 40s and stars Maximilian Schell and Robby Benson.

Our third film is: The Frisco Kid, with Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder. Wilder plays a rabbi, sent to America to make his fortune and find a wife. He's sent West, and needs a guide and ....

Oh, and as you may know a little birdie (one of my favorite A2Kers, actually Smile) gave me some Chanukah songs. So we're going out with a mess o' Chanukah tuneage.

Good Yontif!

Barenaked Ladies
Hanukkah Blessings

How lucky are we that we
Have lights so that we can see
All though the day is done
What a miracle that a spark
Lifts these candles out of the dark
Every evening one by one
Until the end of Hanukkah
Of Hanukkah
With the jingle bells and the toys
And the TV shows and the noise
It's easy to forget
At the end of the day
Our whole family will say
These words for Hanukkah:
Barukh Atah
ADONAI Elohaynu Melekh h'olom
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu
l'hadlik nehr shel hannukah
We light the candles for Hanukkah
For Hanukkah

We remember how Maccabees
Fought so all of us could be free
So we celebrate
On this festival of the lights
There's a joyful time every night
Where we illuminate
The candles of Hanukkah
Of Hanukkah
Barukh atah ADONAI
Elohaynu Melekh ha'olom
She'asah neesim l'avotaynu
bayamim hahem ba'zman hazeh

Barenaked Ladies
Hanukkah Oh Hannukkah

Oh Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah
Come light the menorah
Let's have a party
We'll all dance the hora
Gather round the table,
We'll give you a treat
Sevivon to play with latkes to eat

And while we are playing
The candles are burning low
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago

I Have a Little Dreidel
(I learned this one in Hebrew School)

I have a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay.
And when it's dry and ready,
Oh dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
I made it out of clay;
And when its dry and ready,
Then dreidel I shall play.
It has a lovely body,
With legs so short and thin.
And when it gets all tired,
It drops and then I win.

Woody Guthrie
Hanuka Flame

Hanuka candlelight, see my flame
Shining on my window's pane;
Come flicker across my glassy glass
And light each lonesome to pass.

If your lifelong heavy load
Brings you down my path and down my road,
My light of Hanuka shines your way
To ask you in to rest a day.

Hanuka candle dances warm
To help you weather your heavy storm;
Shines like my lighthouse light this night
To bring your worried soul my light

Now as I light my first and my last
Of all nine candles to guide you past
Through these winds of blowing snows
To take you to your Hanuka home.

If you don't wish to stop inside;
Too bashful proud, or afraid of pride,
I'll send my beam to light your dream
Under your snow, where my newgrass hides.

Woody Guthrie
Honeyky Hanuka

Honeyka Hanuka 'round and around,
Honeycake Hanuka, eat them down,
Latkes and goody things all over town,
It's Honeyky Hanuka time.

It's Honeyky Hanuka, shaky my hand,
My candles are burning all over this land,
To light the dark road for the man passing by,
It's Honeyky Hanuka time.

It's Honeyky Hanuka, kissy my cheek,
The light in my window it burns for a week
I'll open my present and take a little peek,
It's Honeyky Hanuka time.

It's Honeyky Hanuka, makes me feel glad,
This box for mother and this box for dad,
For sister and brother, nice ribbons I'll tie,
It's Honeyka Hanuka time.

It's Honeyky Hanuka, huggy me tight,
It's Hanukah day, and it's Hanukah night,
If you've got no money, well, that's all right.
It's Honeyky Hanukah time.

It's Honeyka Hanuka, kiss my some more,
We'll sing and go dancing around on the floor,
Your kiss is nicer than cakes from the store,
It's Honeyky Hanukah time.

It's Honeyky Hanuka, brushy my hair,
Let's dance a big horah and jump in the air,
You look lots prettier to me every year
At Honeyky Hanukah time.

See you all at the Purim celebration/Passover Seder next year!!
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Reply Tue 11 Dec, 2007 05:40 am
Hey, jes. You threw in a couple of songs I know. Thanks. Happy holiday, kid.
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Reply Tue 11 Dec, 2007 08:09 am
Hey, I never saw hamantash in writing before. I wouldn't have spelled it that way. (humentash maybe)

Excellent film choices, Jes! Very Happy
Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2008 02:00 pm

It's tonight! Smile
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 08:39 am
It is upon us! Light the lights!
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 09:21 am
Good Yontif!
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 09:25 am
bless you!

PS, whats the order in lighting the Menorah? We keep one at each end of the house in windows where we usually put candles.
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 10:26 am
It's latke season!

Maybe a nice showing of Crossing Delancey?

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Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 10:56 am
Jon: Can I interest you in Hannukah?
Maybe something in a Festival of Lights
It's a sensible alternative to Christmas
And it lasts for seven -for you - eight nights.
Stephen: Hanukkah huh? I've never really thought about it.
Jon: Well, you could do worse.

Stephen: Is it merry?
Jon: It's kind of merry
Stephen: Is it cheery?
Jon: It's got some cheer
Stephen: Is it jolly?
Jon: Look, I wouldn't know from jolly.
But it's not my least unfavorite time of year.

Stephen: When's it start?
Jon: The 25th
Stephen: Of December?
Jon: Kislev
Stephen: When is when exactly?
Jon: I will check
Stephen: Are there presents?
Jon: Yes, indeed 8 days of presents
Which means one nice one, then a week of dreck.

Stephen: Does Hanukkah commemorate events profound and holy? A king who came to save the world?
Jon: No, oil that burned quite slowly
Stephen: Well, it sounds fantastic!
Jon: There's more

Jon: We have latkes
Stephen: What are they?
Jon: Potato pancakes. We have dreidels
Stephen: What are they?
Jon: Wooden tops. We have candles
Stephen: What are they?
And when we light them, oh the fun it never stops.

What do you say, Stephen, do you want to give Hanukkah a try?
Stephen: I'm trying see me as a Jew
I'm trying even harder
But I believe in Jesus Christ
So it's a real non-starter

Jon: I can't interest you in Hanukkah? Just a little bit?
Stephen: No thanks I'll pass. I'll keep Jesus, you keep your potato pancakes. But I hope that you enjoy 'em on behalf of all of the goyim.
Jon: Be sure to tell the Pontiff, my people say Good Yontif.
Stephen: That's exactly what I'll do

Both: Happy holidays, you
Jon: too!
Stephen: Jew!
Jon: Too?

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Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 10:59 am
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Merry Andrew
Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 11:01 am
Good Yontif, y'all!
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Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2009 05:02 pm
Hmm you mean as in is it left to right or right to left? I used to know this. I suspect it's right to left, much like reading.

We went to Star Market and 2 different CVS's before we found Chanukah candles. We were going to go with the old standby, tealights, if we didn't find 'em.

So we have lovely blue and white candles, plus 4 new dreidels (because whenever I bring them to work or wherever, people seem to want to take 'em) and some gelt for RP.
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