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Adam Sandler: The Chanukah Song

Even though it's not a traditional Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) song, actor and comedian Adam Sandler sure has done a great job spreading the word about the Jewish holiday!

The Chanukah Song

The Chanukah Song is a funny tune (actually, three funny tunes) written and performed by Adam Sandler, who is pretty proud of being Jewish! In the original version of the song, Sandler sings that there are a lot of Christmas songs, but not many Chanukah songs, and this is his way of changing that! Since then the song's been featured on TV shows (Saturday Night Live) and movies Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights). Watch as we break down this oh-so-popular song!


The Chanukah Song: Part I

  • Written and recorded in 1994
  • Famous people mentioned in the song include: Goldie Hawn (half-Jewish), Captain Kirk (William Shatner; Jewish), Spock (Leonard Nimoy; Jewish), the former owner of the NBA's Seattle Supersonics (Jewish), Dear Abby and her sister Dear Ann (advice columnists; both Jewish) and Ebenezer Scrooge (definitely NOT Jewish!)
  • Mistakes in the song: Adam says Harrison Ford is a quarter-Jewish, but he's actually half-Jewish


The Chanukah Song: Part II

  • Written and recorded in 1999
  • Famous people mentioned in the song include: Winona Ryder (Jewish), Calvin Klein (Jewish), The Beastie Boys (Jewish), Lenny Kravitz (half-Jewish), the guy who does the voice for Scooby-Doo (Don Messick; Jewish) and Bruce Springsteen (who isn't Jewish, but Adam's mom would like him to be!)
  • Mistakes in the song: None

The Chanukah Song: Part III

  • Written and recorded in 2002
  • Famous people in the song include: Ross and Lisa from Friends (David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow; both Jewish), Ben Stiller (Jewish), Jack Black (Jewish), Gwyneth Paltrow (half-Jewish), Paula Abdul (Jewish) and Natalie Portman (Jewish)
  • Mistakes: None

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