MATITYAHU VA'CHAMESHET BANAV

Ba’ir Modi’in* shebechevel Yehudah
Chai Matityahu** ish amal va’avodah
Charushot hayu panav ve’yadav ka’avanim
Ve’la’ish Matityahu - chamishah banim

Chorus:**
Yochanan haGadi
Shim’on haTarsi
Yehudah haMacabee
Elazar haChorani
Ve’haben hakatan Yonatan,
Yonatan, hakatan Yonatan

Ve’hayah hadavar lif’ney har’beh shanim
Ba’aretz shaltu kalgasei hayevanim
U’vait hamik’dash tumah ve’charav
Amad Matityahu ve’karah levanav

Chorus:

Ve’alu li’Yerushalayim otah hashanah
Ve’et pach hashemen matz’u bapinah
Hidliku Menorah shel shiv’ah hakanim
Ve’hitzivu shem olam
La’chameshet habanim

Chorus: (2x)

MATTATHIAS AND HIS FIVE SONS

 

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Hebrew words

Note:
*Modi’in - a village city in Israel where Mattathias raised his five sons, as well as where the Maccabean revolt took place

**Matityahu is the Hebrew name for Mattathias, a Kohen (or Jewish priest) who joined the Maccabean revolt (along with his five sons) against the pagan Greek Seleucid Empire.

**The chorus mentions the names of Mattathias’ sons and their respective surnames:
- Yochanan Hagadi (John Gaddi)
- Shim’on HaTarsi (Simon Thassi)
- Yehudah HaMacabee (Judah Macabee, the leader of the eponymous revolt)
- Elazar Hachorani (Eleazar Choran)
- Yonatan (Jonathan; the song does not give him a surname, Apphus, but he is referred to as “Yonatan HaKatan”, or Jonathan the Small One)

****The song was originally performed on an Israeli children’s program titled “He’Chatul Shmil” (“Cat Mill”) back in 1979 by Galia Yishai, Nathan Detner (the one dressed as the titular cat), Ofra Haza, Ruti Navon, and Sassi Keshet. The program consisted of various classic Chanukah songs including “Matityahu Va’Chameshet Banav”. Skip to 0:15 to hear the song.
Children's TV program featuring the song
Sigal Adi sings

LYRICS
Thelma Alyagon
MUSIC
Kobi Oshrat
SINGER
Rinat Gabay
Ofra Haza****
Sigal Adi
CD
Shirei Chanukah Im Rinat Track 13

Words transliterated by Rachel Isakowitz of Pasadena, California, USA.
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