In Tablet, a magazine on Jewish life, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that he met with Hatch 10 years ago when he worked for the New York Times Magazine. The two were listening to some of Hatch’s Christmas music, when Goldberg asked about a Hanukkah song.
Goldberg says Hatch got back in touch with him nine years later and a new Hanukkah song was born.
“I have always felt that the song canon for Hanukkah, a particularly interesting historical holiday, is sparse and uninspiring, in part because Jewish songwriters spend so much time writing Christmas music,” writes Goldberg.
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