I Have a Little Dreidel

(S.E. Goldfarb & Samuel S. Grossman, 1927)
Original first recording, Arthur Fields with Samuel E. Goldfarb, 1927.
Each suspenseful spin of the Chanukah dreidel reminds us of an ancient battle by the victorious Maccabees over the Hellenists to rescue Jewish culture.

I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then, dreidel I shall play

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then, dreidel I will play

It has a lovely body
With legs so short and thin
And when it gets all tired
It drops and I will win

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then, dreidel I will play

My dreidel is so playful
It loves to dance and spin
A happy game of dreidel
Come play now, let’s begin

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then, dreidel I will play.

I Have a Little Dreidel

(Goldfarb & Grossman)Craig Taubman

Little Candle Fires

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927)
Theodore Bikel

On this night let us light one little candle fire.
What a sight, O so bright, one little candle fire.
On this night, let us light, two little candle fires.
What a sight, O so bright, two little candle fires.

On this night, let us light, three little candle fires.
What a sight, O so bright, three little candle fires.
On this night, let us light, eight little candle fires.
They say fight, for the right, eight little candle fires.
They say fight, for the right, say little candle fires.
Ah zeessen Chanukah.

I’d Like to be a Maccabee

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927; adapted by Craig Taubman)
Craig Taubman

A child is inspired on Chanukah to win today’s struggles for freedom –just like the Maccabee in ancient Israel.

I’d like to be a Maccabee,
So strong, and brave and bold:
I’d fight, and win
Each fight I’m in:
But I am only six years old!

If peace was more
There’d be less war
With gun, and spear, or sword in hand.
I’d love to say:
“There’s a better way
‘Cause together we can build this land.”

I’m a Jew.
So I will do
Everything a small child can
I walk the line, for this land of mine
Until I grow to be a man.

Shalom Aleichem

(Israel Goldfarb, 1918)
Laurence Juber

Little Jewish Cousins

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927; lyrics adapted by Craig Taubman & Myron Gordon)
Vocals by Matt Davis, Mike Stein, Madison Greer, Hide Matsua, Duvid Swirsky
On Chamisha-asar B’shevat we celebrate rebirth. Jewish cousins from unexpected places meet from around the world in Israel.

Where do you come from Yodlin man,
Yodlin man, Yodlin man
I come from the mountain alpine land
the mountain alpine land
Tell me, tell me who are you?
I am your cousin, the Yodlin Jew
Tell me, tell me who are you?
I am your cousin, the Yodlin Jew

Where do you come from who are you?
Who are you? Who are you?
I’m from the town of Kalamzoo
I’m American, from Kalamzoo
Tell me, tell me, who are you?
I am your cousin, I am a Jew

Where do you come from my good man
My good man, my good man
I come from far away Japan
From far away Japan
Tell me, tell me, who are you?
I am your cousin, I am a Jew.
Tell me, tell me, who are you?
Ito kudesu judaiya no

Where do you come from my kind sir
My kind sir my kind sir
I’m from the land of Israel
M’eretz Yisrael
Tell me, tell me, who are you?
I am your cousin, I am a Jew.
Tell me, tell me, who are you?
Ani ben dod Shelcha, Yehudi too!

I Love the Day of Purim

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927)
Rena Strober
Join the Purim party in synagogue and home while sharing the story, the songs, the drama and special desserts with family and friends.

I love the day of Purim so!
For then, to synagogue I go,
And hear them read the story old
Of Esther brave and Haman bold.

O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy
For every, for every Jewish girl and boy!
Have a party, sing a song,
Turn the greger loud and long.
Shloach monoth give and take,
Eat your Hamantashen cake!

O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy.
For every, for every, for every Jewish girl and boy!

My papa makes a party, too,
And very jolly things we do!
And sometimes we all masquerade—
‘Tis then the story of Purim’s played.
O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy.
For every, for every, for every Jewish girl and boy!

Have a party, sing a song,
Turn the greger loud and long.
Shloach monoth give and take,
Eat your Hamantashen cake!
O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy.
For every, for every, for every Jewish girl and boy!

Then Shloach monoth to each friend
With lots of goodies, too, I send,
With candies, nuts and fruits so sweet,
And Hamantashen cakes to eat.
O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy.
For every, for every, for every Jewish girl and boy!

Have a party, sing a song,
Turn the groger loud and long.
Shloach monoth give and take,
Eat your Hamantashen cake!
O Purim, O Purim, O Purim full of joy.
For every, for every, for every Jewish girl and boy!
P-u-r-i-m – PURIM!

A Merry Purim Song

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927; adapted by Daniel Cainer)
Daniel Cainer
The Purim megillah recites the bold rescue of the Jews in ancient Persia by the brave Esther and Mordecai.

Who thinks that he is wondrous wise?
Who tells the King so many lies?
And always when found out, cries?
Why Haman, bad Haman,
The lying, spying, lying, spying Haman
He builds an enormously tall tree,
To hang brave Mordecai, but he
was hanged instead, for all to see,
Was Haman, bad Haman,
The lying, spying, lying, spying Haman

Who was the prettiest ever seen
Who didn’t wish to be a queen
Who save her people from the king
Sweet Esther Sweet Esther
The Royal Loyal Royal Loyal Esther
She made a party for the king
And asked for Haman there to bring
And then she told them everything
Sweet Esther Sweet Esther
The Royal Loyal Royal Loyal Esther

Who is glad on Purim day?
Who is jolly happy and gay?
Who spends the day in Haman’s play
We all do we all do
We Jewish girls and boys
We boys and girls do

We all have a real good time
And everybody wines and dines
And say our little Purim rhymes
Let’s all do let’s all do
Girls and boys and boys and girls let’s all do

For royal loyal Esther
We throw this fiesta
So raise a glass and pass the holiday-tion
To lying spying lying spying Haman
Such a naughty Iranian
Lying spying lying spying Haman

The Burning Bush

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927)
Barbershop quartet
As a young shepherd, Moses discovers his pre-eminent place as founder of the Jewish nation.

Shepherd, resting by the stream,
O, tell me, what is it you dream?
I am dreaming all the day
Of my brothers far away.

In that land from here so far,
O, tell me who your brothers are?
Slaves in Eqypt land are they
Working, working all the day.

Shepherd, tell me who you are,
Do you also come from far?
Moses, and a Jew am I,
Brother of the slaves who sigh.

O, what’s that burning bush so strange?
It burns and burns, yet does not change.
’Tis an angel telling me:
“Go and set your people free!”

The 10 Commandments

(S.E. Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1927)
Rick Recht
Freedom from bondage in Egypt are linked with the Passover story. After wandering in the desert on the way to the Promised Land, the children of Israel receive the Law at Mount Sinai from God through Moses.

We have left the land of Egypt, and from Pharoah we are free.
We have left the land of Egypt, and no longer slaves are we.
We are going to the Mountain, to the Mountain, to the Mountain.
We are going to the Mountain, and what wonders, what wonders we shall see!

We have been to the Mountain; O what wonders God did show!
We have heard the Law through Moses,
And Commandments Ten we know.
We have heard the Law through Moses, through Moses,
Through Moses,
We have heard the Law through Moses; to our own land,
To our own land now we go.

We have heard the Ten Commandments,
We’ll keep and teach them, too.
We have heard the Law through Moses,
And we know what we must do.
We must keep the Ten Commandments,
The Ten Commandments, the Ten Commandments.
We must keep the Ten Commandments,
You and I, you and I, and every one.
We must keep the Ten Commandments,
You and I, you and I, and every one.

Noah’s Ark

(S.E.Goldfarb & S.S. Grossman, 1926)
Saul Kaye & Madison Greer
The biblical story of Noah saving this family and animals of the world from the flood with the ark.

The rain is raining day and night;
Within the ark, O what sight!
Noah is the Captain, and everyone aboard
Is happy that he listened to the order of the Lord.

Chorus
The animals are happy, the animals are good
A sailing in the Ark that Noah made of wood;
Resting there is safety in comfort and in love
The elephant and the tiger and the lion and the dove!

The rain was raining day and night
And not a dry spot was in sight.
Noah sent the raven out, the raven oh so black!
The naughty raven went away and never did come back.

Chorus
When Noah saw it clear above
He sent the little snow white dove.
And when the dove came back from flying far away
An olive branch was in its mouth ‘o what a happy day.

Chorus

B’sefer Chayim

(Israel Goldfarb, 1926)
Neshama Carlebach & Josh Nelson

B’sefer chayim bracha v’shalom
U’farnasah tova
Nizacher v’nikatev
Lefanecha anachnu v’chol amcha bet yisrael
Lechayim tovim, lechayim tovim
Ul’shalom

V’ychulu

(S.E. Goldfarb & Israel Goldfarb, 1918, 1925)
Cantor Nate Lam

Va’yechulu hashamayim v’ha-aretz v’chol ts-v’am
Va-yechal elohim bayom ha-shvi-i
M’lachto asher asah
Vayishbot bayom ha-sh-vi-i
Mi-kol melachto asher asah
Va’yivarech Elohim et yom ha-shvi-i va’yekadesh oto
Ki vo shavat mi-kol milachto
Asher bara Elohim la-a-sot

Magen Avot

(S.E. Goldfarb & Israel Goldfarb, 1918, 1925)
Cantor Marcus Feldman

Magen avot b’dvaro
M’chaye metim b’ma-a-ma-ro
Ha-El hakadosh sh’en kamohu
Hameniach l’ammo b’yom Shabbat kodsho
Ki vom ratsah l’honiach lahem
Ki vom ratsah l’honiach lahem
L’fanav na-a-vod b’yirah l’fachad.deh lishmo b’chol yom tamid m’en habrachot
El hahoda-ot adon hashalom
M’kadesh ha-shabat u’mevarech shvi-i
U’meneach b’kdusha l’am m’kudshe oneg
Zecher l’ma-a-seh b’resheet

Yah Ribon Olam

(S.E. Goldfarb & Israel Goldfarb, 1918, 1925)
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi

Yah ribon olam v’alamaya
Ant hu malka melech malchaya
Ovad g’vurtech v’timhaya
Shifar kodamach l’hachvaya

Sh-vachin asader tzafra v’ramsha
Lach elaha kadisha div-ra chol nafsha
Irin kadshin u’vnei enasha
Cheivat bara v’ofei sh-maya

Rav-r-vin ovadach v’takifin
Machech ramaya v’zakeif k-fifin
Lu y-chei gvar sh-nin alfin
La yei-ol gvur-tech b’chush-bna-ya

V’shamru

(S.E. Goldfarb & Israel Goldfarb, 1918, 1925)
Cantor Marcus Feldman

V’shomru Vney Yisrael et hashabat
La-asot et hashabat l’dorotom brit olam
Baini u’vain Bnai Yisrael
Ot hi l’olam baini u’vain Bnai Yisrael
Baini u’vain Bnai Yisrael
Ot hi l’olam, ot hi l’olam

Ki sheshet yamin asah adonay
Et hashamayim v’et ha-aretz
U’vayom ha’shvi-i shavat vayinofosh
Shavat vayinofosh
Shavat vayinofosh
Vayinofosh

Dreidel I Shall Play

Composer Samuel E. Goldfarb

1. I Have a Little Dreidel – original 1927 recording
2. I Have a Little Dreidel – Craig Taubman
3. Little Candle Fires – Theodore Bikel
4. I’d Like to Be a Maccabee – Craig Taubman
5. Shalom Aleichem – Laurence Juber
6. Little Jewish Cousins – Matt Davis, Mike Stein Madison Greer Hide Matsua, Duvid Swirsky
7. I Love the Day of Purim – Rena Strober
8. A Merry Purim Song – Daniel Cainer
9. Burning Bush – Barbershop Quartet
10. Ten Commandments – Rick Recht
11. Noah’s Ark – Saul Kaye & Elana Jagoda
12. B’sefer chayim – Neshama Carlebach & Josh Nelson
13. V’ychulu – Cantor Nate Lam
14. Magen Avot – Cantor Marcus Feldman
15. Yah Ribon Olam – Cantor Alberto Mizrahi
16. V’shamru – Cantor Marcus Feldman

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