Eight Videos for Eight Nights of Hanuka!!! Light One Candle…

What could be better than seeing an original Hanuka video every night of Hanuka? Okay, maybe opening presents every night of Hanuka – you got me there.

Nevertheless, I’m gonna share with you an original Hanuka video every night. Some will be slick and polished, some just videotaped in my basement.

Here’s number one… ENJOY! It’s approaching 30,000 views! Think we can get it over that this Hanuka?

A Jewish Take on the Reality of Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town!

HanukaChristmasSo many people believed that as children. And many of us make-believe it with our children. I didn’t believe it as a child because I celebrated a different holiday that brought light to dark winter nights – Hanuka.

So when my eldest daughter was in grade school and she asked me, “Daddy, do you believe in Santa Claus?” I wasn’t surprised she asked her Jewish parent. I imagined she didn’t want to hurt her mother’s feelings.

But I wasn’t prepared for the question. I knew I couldn’t lie to her – at her age and the earnestness with which she asked the question, I thought the lie would have been disappointing. I think she wanted me to show her respect. I think she was saying, “Daddy, please, treat me like a big kid. I’m really ready.”

So I told her what I believed: “If you’re asking me if I believe a jolly fat man comes down the chimney and brings presents, I think you already know if that is true or not. But if you’re asking me if I believe that the spirit of Santa makes great magic happen that brings many wonderful gifts, then I can say with all my heart that I believe in Santa. And those of us who understand that spirit get the joy of sharing it with others.”

Shabbat Sweet – V’Shamru

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: V’Shamru

Original Art: Rena Newman
Original Art: Rena Newman

Let your descendants keep Shabbat,

renewing themselves throughout the generations, as an eternal bond.

It shall be an eternal sign between me and your descendants,

for in six days God made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day God ceased and drew a breath of rest.

(Exodus 31:16-17)


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

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Shabbat Sweet – Hashkiveinu

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: Hashkiveinu

Photo: Gene Hanson
Photo: Gene Hanson

Let us lie down tonight in peace

And rise up again in the morning

To life.

Spread over us the shelter of your peace

And protect us

Beneath the softness of your wings.

And as we go fourth each day

Every new morning

Renew us in the warmth

Of your presence.

Spread over us the shelter of your peace.


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

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Shabbat Sweet – Mi Chamocha

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: Mi Chamocha

Photo: http://timfilkins.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/baby-taking-steps.jpg
Photo: http://timfilkins.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/baby-taking-steps.jpg

Taking the first step, Moses, Miriam and the Israelites broke out in song,

Abundant in joy, in one voice they sang:

Who is like you? Who is like you, bathed in holiness,

Awesome and wondrous, radiating pure praise?

When your children saw the waters split, the path open before them they cried:

The way of God is the way of liberation – we will walk upon it forever!

And it was said:

Now you see there is a Power greater, yes far greater, than any you have ever known.

You are blessed, source of our liberation.


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

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Shabbat Sweet – L’cha Dodi

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: L’Cha Dodi

Photo: Billy Kaplan
Photo: Billy Kaplan

Observe, cherish, hear the word as one,
The universe completed at this moment of union,
Your world filled with
Beauty, glory and praise.

Shabbat calls and we return
to the place of deepest beginnings.
Last in creation, but first in thought,
Our original blessing arrives once more.

In the place of holiness arise,
Leave your grief behind, join the land of the living.
You have dwelled too long in the valley of weeping
Come bask in my love and compassion.

Come in peace, crowned with joy,
Abundant in happiness, we welcome you in,
Our beloved, our friend,
Our bride.


 Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

 

Original Melodies of Traditional Jewish Prayers

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