VIDEO: Chanukah Song Composed by Yoel Judowitz; Inspired by famous Menorah picture in Nazi Germany

[From our archives] Chasoif: The Prayer of the Lights. The painting Yoel Judowitz created in this video was inspired by a famous historical photo taken by a Jewish woman in 1930’s in her home in Germany.

Across the street was the Nazi headquarters. She took the photo because she believed the Jewish symbol of light would outlast the Nazi symbol of darkness.

Germany, 1932.

Rachel Posner snaps a photograph of her family’s menorah set up on a windowsill. In the background, directly opposite the menorah, is a building draped with a Nazi flag.

The photo is astonishing. The contrast takes your breath away.

But we needed more.

We needed to see what it looked like that night, after it was lit. We needed to see the power of light against ultimate darkness. To hear the music of that faith.

So that we can know, so our children can know,
That no matter the darkness that surrounds us,
No matter the depth of hatred and evil,

We will be light.
We will be life.

We will carry that flame,

Today, tomorrow, and the day after,
Until the entire universe shines with a light that never fades.

A Chanukah of Light and Inspiration to all.

This songwas produced this week:

Musical genius Hillel Kapnick on arrangements/vocals, with vocals by Baruch Naftel; animation/video production by video wizard Avraham N. Kohn;   

Thank you Avigail Eisenstadt for the beautiful piano outro.

Prints of the famous picture available: contact [email protected]

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