Khanike lid, by Joshua Lind, is a choral setting of a simple Yiddish poem (author unknown), to be sung at concerts or public ceremonies in connection with the festival of Hanukka—the annual celebration of the victory of the Maccabees over the Greco-Syrians in 168–165 B.C.E. in the struggle for religious liberty and against forced Hellenization.
Sung in Yiddish
Once upon a time there was a king;
His name was Antiochus.
He wanted to annihilate your people, Israel,
So God came to their rescue.
He sent the heroic Judah the Maccabee
To fight him [Antiochus] on the battlefield.
God helped Judah defeat them all.
The king with his heroes dropped like flies.
Who can forget the great miracle, who?
And the bravery of the Maccabees?
Kindle the Hanukka lights and sing a song of praise to the Creator,
For as long as God is with us, we have no one to fear.
Now celebrate, children, together with me.
And kindle the Hanukka lights for this beautiful holiday.
Publisher: Dale Lind
Translation by Eliyahu Mishulovin
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