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Why Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song is Popular With Jewish People

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Why is Adam Sandler's Hanukah Song Popular With Jewish People?
Adam Sandler’s The Chanukah Song is popular with Jewish people for many reasons. While Christmas music is played everywhere in malls, on radio stations and in doctor‘s office‘s during the holiday season, there are no Hanukkah songs to add to the mix. Adam Sandler’s The Chanukah Song fills in a much needed void-one that I Had a Little Dreidel simply does not fill.

Many of the most popular and beloved Christmas songs were written by Jewish songwriters. Many of these well known composers were trying to assimilate into American society and separate themselves from their first generation immigrant parents. For example:

White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was written by Johnny Marks

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow was co-authored by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

Silver Bells was written by Livingston and Evans

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) was composed by Mel Torme 

While these are all very beautiful songs that stand the test of time in American culture, none of these Jewish artists wrote a popular Hanukkah song. While they were trying to run away from their Jewish roots, Adam Sandler embraced them.

Even some of the best selling Christmas albums of all time were performed or played by Jewish artists:

Kenny G - Miracles

Barbara Streisand - A Christmas Album

Barry Manilow - Because it's Christmas

Neil Diamond - A Cherry Cherry Christmas

Bette Midler - Cool Yule

Talented Jews sing Christmas classics, but where is an album with Jewish holiday songs? This is a reason why The Chanukah Song is popular among Jewish people during the Christmas season. It is a song for our holiday.  While Chanukah is minor in significance on the Jewish calendar, it does take place during the same season.

It is hard for people to understand the alienation Jewish kids feel when they have to explain over and over again why they do not have lights or a Christmas tree. Adam Sandler grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, with almost no other Jewish kids. He lived it, which was one of the inspirations for writing this funny little ditty.

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The Very First Song of the Trilogy

Another reason this song is popular with Jewish people is because it lists those artists in movies, television, sports and music who are also Jewish. In the past, most show business performers changed their Jewish sounding names because they were deemed “too ethnic” and would not be embraced by Middle America. It delighted Jewish people to find out that some of these Hollywood icons were one of their own!

Here is Part 2

Warning- a few cuss words in this version!

Also, many artists do not embrace their religion or discuss it in public, no matter what religion they practice. This song “outed” many these people and brought their Jewish identity to light. In fact, the original song led to two other sequels, but the one that is the most popular is the first version of the song.

Finally, Part 3!

The bells may jingle and the chestnuts will roast in front of an open fire, but Adam Sandler’s The Chanukah Song will remain a popular one for Jewish people.

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Comments

Jun 13, 2012 7:25am
vicdillinger
"Put on your yarmulke / It's time for Chanukah" Love me some "Chanukah Song".
Jun 13, 2012 7:32am
ZiggyD
Saw the title of this article, thought "Isn't this something awesomely quirky, I bet Vic is here somewhere!"

Props mommyx3, super interesting article. I had no idea about any of this!
Jun 13, 2012 7:33am
vicdillinger
You gotta listen to the song, tho' -- it is hilarious.
Jun 13, 2012 7:57am
ZiggyD
I listened to all of them! Third was good since I don't already know the words.
Jun 13, 2012 8:09am
mommymommymommy
Glad you liked them!
Jun 13, 2012 8:09am
mommymommymommy
Thanks for reading Ziggy! They really are very funny songs.
Jun 13, 2012 7:30am
mommymommymommy
My kids and I LOVE this song! Honestly, there is such great Chanukah music out there, I wish other singers would make them mainstream. Adam's is fun it always makes me smile!
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