Learn to sing Maoz Tsur

The traditional Hanukka melody

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An ancient tune sung when the lights have been lit. It retells the oppressions and salvations of the Jewish people, starting with Egyptian slavery and continuing through Babylonia, Persia, the Syrian Greeks and since then.

The Words

Translation


Maoz tsur y'shu'ati
l'cha na'eh l'shabei'ach
Tikon beit t'filati
V'sham toda n'zabei'ach
L'eit tachin matbei'ach
Mitzar ham'nabei'ach.
Az egmor b'shir mizmor
Chanukat hamizbeiach.
Az egmor b'shir mizmor
Chanukat hamizbeiach.


Rock of Ages, My Salvation
To You it is pleasing to give praise
Establish the house of my prayer
And there I shall bring a thanksgiving offering
When the slaughter  is prepared
Of the vicious enemy
Then I shall complete with song
The dedication of the Temple altar
Then I shall complete with song
The dedication of the Temple altar


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Maoz Tsur Popular Recordings

Maoz Tsur Lush orchestral march with the Pacific Pops.
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Maoz Tsur Theodore Bikel and choir and orchestra. This is the version for the holiday spirit.
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Maoz Tsur Jon Simon's piano versions are simply wonderful.
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