Jewish Music to Inspire Your Hanukkah Workouts


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12/12/2011 6:00 PM   :  29 comments   :  13,466 Views

Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. In Hebrew, the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication," and unlike other date-specific holidays, it begins at sunset on a day between late November and late December depending on the Hewbrew calendar.

Hanukkah is a time of joy and family celebration, fun and tradition including many delicious foods. While the festivities can draw you away from your healthy lifestyle, it can also be a time to stay dedicated to them.

We create workout lists to help you keep your workouts fresh and to help you stay motivated as you work toward your goals. Members of our SparkJews SparkTeam offered some suggestions for inspirational songs to keep you moving throughout the holiday.

   Candlelight by The Maccabeats

   Light One Candle by Peter Yarrow

   Chanukah Oh Chanukah by Tzlil V'zemer Boys Choir

   Dreidel by Erran Baron Cohen 

   Siman Tov, Mazel Tov/ Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem by Jay Levy

   Hava Nagila by The Voices of Israel Singers

   Youth by Matisyahu

   Not By Might, Not By Power by Debbie Friedman

   Hinei Mah Tov by Hal Aqua, Steve Brodsky & Saul Rosenthal

   Yismechu Hashamayim by Susan Colin

   Hora Ca Din Caval by Shtreiml

   Rock to the Rock by Miraj

   Ya'alili by 8th Day

   Hallelujah by The Pop-Allstars

   Mayim by Bobby Morganstein

   Od Avinu Chai by Reim Duo  

    Yerusahalayim Shel Zahav by Shuli Natan

    Arbaim by Ofra Haza

   To Life (L'Chaim) by Anthony Newley

   Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li by Isaac Bitton

  Lo Yisa Goy by Jeremy Gimbel & Rachael North  

   Al Shlosha D'varim by The Baal Shem Tones

   Lo Alecha by Steve Meltzer

   And The Youth Shall See Visions

   Oh! My Papa by Eddie Fisher

What are your favorite upbeat Jewish workout songs? Does inspirational music help you stay motivated and get you moving?

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  • 29
    Technology has finally caught up with me, and I was able to get MOST of these songs off the Spotify and created a playlist there. You can search under user "msdrpepper" (or I think the upper case will work). Also here is the link:

    In some cases, I could find the song by another artists, and so I substituted the other artist version. However, this is still in progress, and I think I may very well switch songs in and out, as I "discover" a different version that seems to work faster or slower for exercise...

    Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Spotify has an album that I have owned the past 18 years or so. It is "To Life! Songs of Chanukah And Other Jewish Celebrations" - By Various Artists (including Jay Levy, Mandy Patakin, Nell Carter, the Barry Sisters, Theodore Bikel, Alex Schub, etc (1998 26 songs 1 hr 14 min
    Ds9PFnqZikLD2uyvO4 ). So I put some of the peppier songs in this Spotify playlist (even though some are not about Hanukkah, but they are fun to listen and move to!!). Enjoy.

    Oh - found "Candelights" by the Maccabeats on Youtube - here's one link with the lyrics: will probably need to copy and paste into a tab. - 11/24/2015   10:35:30 PM
  • 28
    Thanks for this list. Unfortunately every link I tried ended in a 404 error. - 12/16/2014   3:30:01 PM
    Happy Chanukah to all. I didn't realize they wouldn't play the songs, they were for sale. But I am so grateful this was included in the Spark website. - 12/16/2014   2:15:21 PM
  • 26
    Chag sameach everyone! - 12/16/2014   1:04:17 PM
    Thanks - 12/3/2013   7:50:59 PM
  • 24
    Chag Sameach everyone! I like anything Klezmer usually. Its always peppy and has a great rhythm!! - 12/21/2011   12:45:25 AM
  • GREEN1957
    Thanks Tota-Raba
    Happy Hanukka, happy holidays to every jewish.
    Happy jewish celebrations. - 12/20/2011   6:30:49 AM
  • 22
    Thanx a lot, Coach Tanya - toda raba!! No excuses for not rocking now!!

    Happy Hanukka, everyone - Chanuka sameach!!

    Batya :)
    - 12/16/2011   10:36:17 AM
  • 21
    This music is very beautiful, thank you - 12/15/2011   8:41:39 PM
  • 20
    So glad I found this ... I have always loved the song Yerusahalayim Shel Zahav
    and now it's going through my head and won't stop. Such a great culture we have. May everyone have a joyous Happy Chanukah.
    - 12/15/2011   4:24:28 PM
  • 19
    Toda Raba (Thanks so much)!
    Happy Holidays to everyone.
    - 12/14/2011   10:36:19 AM
  • 18
    Thank you so much for our holiday wishes and music which is the backbone of our culture. Toda raba!!!!!!!!!!!! - 12/13/2011   11:57:12 PM
  • 17
    Thanks, Coach Tanya. Another wonderful Chanukah album is "Just in Time for Chanukah!" by Margie Rosenthal and Ilene Safyan - 12/13/2011   11:18:52 PM
  • 16
    Thank you Tanya. Hag Sameach. - 12/13/2011   8:14:55 PM
  • 15
    Todah -- Thank-you!! Happy Holidays to all. This is wonderful to see! I've got a couple of these discs, and the Maccabeats get passed around "virtually" every year. Maybe this is the year to dance to it each time it comes by! - 12/13/2011   6:19:07 PM
  • 14
    Miracle by Matisyahu
    I Light It - NCSY Chanukah Musical Remix 2010 (Music by Six13) Hanukkah - 12/13/2011   1:43:11 PM
  • 13
    Thanks!! I have the "To Life! Songs Of Chanukah and Other Jewish Celebrations" on my iPod and I *LOVE* their version of Ocho Kandelikas (it's on!). It's all very inspiring and pleasant words, nothing degrading!! TO LIFE! Mazel Tov! - 12/13/2011   1:22:18 PM
  • 12
    More Holidays recipe when searching for "CHANUKAH" recipes! Which reminds me of the song "how do you spell Hanukkah" a high beat song too that I forgot to mention when I summited my list of songs... Check it out on You Tube! ;-P

    - 12/13/2011   12:27:27 PM
  • 11
    Toda raba! Thank you very much, Coach Tanya!
    You have enlighted our Hannukah this year! ¢¾
    Chag sameach! Happy Holidays! :-)
    - 12/13/2011   12:23:53 PM
  • 10
    Toda raba (thank you!!!!!!!!!!!) chag sameach (Happy holiday) - 12/13/2011   12:13:45 PM
  • 9
    Israeli music is my go-to for workouts! - 12/13/2011   9:33:42 AM
  • 8
    Don't forget Tofa'ah's stuff. They have some rocking songs! - 12/13/2011   8:03:11 AM
    Oooh! Another fan of Ocho Candelikas here! Good list!! - 12/13/2011   7:56:13 AM
  • 6
    Thank you so much, Tanya!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the comments in transliterated Hebrew: Toda raba = thank you; chag sameach = Happy holiday

    And you have made a lot of us very happy!!!! - 12/13/2011   4:59:29 AM
  • 5
    What a fun idea. I never workout to Jewish music (probably because I don't have any - unless any Hebrew songs count. But they are definitely not religious). I'd say try music by Shabak Samech - not religious but kind of Hebrew rap. Also fun, very energizing. - 12/13/2011   3:19:56 AM
  • 4
    What!?!?! No Ocho Kandelikas by the Hip Hop Hoodios! That's on my running iPod!
    - 12/12/2011   10:01:36 PM
  • 3
    Thanks! I'm not Jewish but enjoy trying new music. - 12/12/2011   9:08:27 PM
  • 2
    Toda raba! Chag sameach! - 12/12/2011   8:31:26 PM
  • 1
    Loving it! Chag Sameach! - 12/12/2011   1:14:33 PM

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