Ma’oz Tzur (Hebrew: מעוז צור Māʕōz Sˤūr) is a Jewish liturgical poem or piyyut. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Hanukkah, after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur. This Hebrew song is thought to have been written sometime in the 13th century. It was originally sung only in the home, but has been used in the synagogue since the nineteenth century or earlier. In more recent years, of its six stanzas sometimes only the first stanza is sung (or the first and fifth).
Sivivon Sov Sov Sov Kenny Ellis sings this, literally, swingin’ version!
Sivivon, Sov, Sov, Sov is known as the other dreidel song–not to be confused with the one about making dreidels out of clay. A dreidel has two sets of letters–outside of Israel, a shin, which stands for sham, or “there,” in the phrase “A great miracle happened there.” Instead, in Israel, there’s a pey, which stands for po, or “here,” since the miracle of Hanukkah actually happened in Israel.