Likhvod ha chanukah

Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips, Words: Trad. Jewish

Voicing: SATB, optional guitar, percussion

Performance time approx: 1m 50s

Range S: d' – d'' / A: c' – g' / T: g – e'♭ / B: e♭ – g

Price code: A


Here’s an easily learnt arrangement of a traditional Chanukah song. Sopranos get the catchy tune, accompanied homophonically by the other parts. Apologies to the basses, who pedal the same note nearly throughout (but to good effect)! Feel free to add tambourine, dumbek or other small drum, zills, and/or guitar.

Imi natna leviva li 
Leviva chama umetuka

Yod’im atem likhvod ma,
Likhvod ha’chanukah

Avi hidlik nerot li
Veshamash lo avuka

Dodi natan t’shurali
P’rutah akhat shkukah

Traditional (romanized Hebrew)


My mother gave me latkes, warm and sweet
You all know why: because it’s Chanukah
My father lit the candles for me, and the shamash* was like a torch
My uncle gave me a present – one worn penny.

* shamash: the ‘servant candle’ used to light the first (or sometimes all) of the Chanukah candles

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Likhvod ha chanukah

Sheena Phillips

SATB, optional guitar, percussion

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