A song for Hanucah, Iraqi-style

With thanks: Janet


Here is a piyut (religious song) traditionally played at Hanucah by the Jews of Iraq (Babylon). The oudh player explains that the piyut is performed to a particular maqam or scale. Every Shabbat and festival had its own maqam.

As a child he remembers being given a sevivon, or spinning top, to play with. Inside were sweets.

Previous posts about Hanucah


  • One thing is Uniting all Mizrahi Jews I the Oud and Mawal

    singing – always a pleasure to listing and warms the heart

    ♥️. חג אורים שמח.

  • We sing this song every year in the Beth Knesseth (Ohel David Eastern Synagogue) before the maftir on Shabbath Hanukkah.


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