In the days of our persecution
Our Temple still stood on Mor'iah
The occupying army oppressed us
Derided us like a pariah.
But the Hebrews, we kept on sinning
all our iniquity fulfilled
another adversary swoops down:
their only mission : to have us all killed.
This is the true story of Hanukkah
No latkes, no dreidels, no la la la la la
But the miracle of rededication
G-d battling for His chosen nation.
No holiday has become commercialer
can't tell if it's Christmas or Hanukkah
We lost our way over the years
How can we forget our martyrs' tears?
On this Hanukkah.
In the days of our suffering
our righteous ones were burned with fire
we raised up a militia and revolted
and defeated their evil empire.
There was never any magic oil
no Festival of Lights
but Rededication of the Temple
a victory history forced us to hide.
"A great miracle happened here"
The plastic dreidel told us all.
but the Hebrews congregate on the Sabbath
at the holiday sale at the mall.
it's our 35th era of persecution
year '461 :2010
Scores of tyrants, since the Maccabean days
sought our people's end.
As you're spinning your plastic tops
and eathing those greasy pancakes
just remember, for a moment, our redemption
on the season in ancient days.