Sunday 21 November 2010
Tune of the Day: Hanerot Halalu
Traditional Hanukkah hymn, arranged for flute trio
“Hanerot Halalu” (“These lights”) is an ancient chant mentioned in the Talmud, a vast collection of Jewish laws and traditions. It is recited or sung while lighting additional Hanukkah candles after the candle for the night has been lit. The hymn states that the sole intent in kindling Hanukkah lights is to publicize the miracle of the lamp burning for eight days on barely enough oil for one, a miracle described in the Talmud.
Many different musical settings of this hymn exist.