Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yet Another Look at Hanukkah

In earlier posts, I've described the history of Hanukkah and some Hanukkah traditions, as well as providing the lyrics to Adam Sandler's first Hanukkah song.  Here are the lyrics to his second Hanukkah song, with notes from Wikipedia, and a bookmark and extra verse from me. Enjoy!


Put on your yarmulke,
It's time for Chanukah.
So much funnaka
To celebrate Chanukah.

Chanukah is the festival of lights.
Instead of one day of presents,
We get eight crazy nights.

When you feel like the only kid in town
Without a Christmas tree,
Here's a new list of people who are Jewish,
Just like you and me.

Winona Ryder,
Drinks Manischewitz wine,
Then spins a dreidel
With Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein,

Guess who gives and receives
Loads of Chanukah toys:
The girls from Veruca Salt
And all three Beastie Boys.

Lenny Kravitz is half Jewish,
Courtney Love is half, too.
Put them together--
What a funky bad ass Jew!

We got Harvey Keitel,
And flash dancer Jennifer Beals.
(This is an error.  Beals says she once wanted to be Jewish, but is not.)
Yasmine Bleeth from Baywatch is Jewish,
And yes, her boobs are real.

Put on that yarmulke,
It's time for Chanukah.
Two- time Ocsar winning Dustin Hoffmanaka
Celebrates Chanukah.

O.J. Simpson?
Still not a Jew.
But guess who is:
The guy who does the voice for Scooby Doo.
(That would be Don Messick.)


Bob Dylan was born a Jew,
Then he wasn't, but now he's back.
Mary Tyler Moore's husband is Jewish
'Cause we're pretty good in the sack.


Guess who got bar-mitzvahed
On the PGA tour:
No, I'm not talking about Tiger Woods.
I'm talkin' about Mr. Happy Gilmore.

So many Jews
Are in the show biz.
Bruce Springsteen isn't Jewish
But my mother thinks he is.

Tell the world-amanaka
It's time to celebrate Chanukah.
It's not pronounced Chanakah
The C is silent in Chanukah.

So read your hooked on phonica,
Get drunk in Tijuanaka
If you really really wannaka
Have a happy happy happy happy Chanukah!

If you want to have funnaka, read books on the runnaka,
Check out this bookmark and then we will be done-aka.

The symbol on it, by the way, is the Chai, which is the Hebrew hai ( חַי) meaning "living."  The Chai is a symbol that figures prominently in jewish culture. It consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet Chet (ח) and Yod (י).  The Hebrew word ḥai   חַי "living" is releated to the term for life, (" chaim; hayyim.)  This appears in the slogan "`am yisrael chai!" (עַם יִשְרָאֵל חַי, "The people of Israel live!").  It's also what you hear in the song from "Fiddler on the Roof": To life, to life, l'chaim.  L'chaim, l'chaim, to life..."


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