Religion & Pop Culture Alert! - Jewish a capella group spoofs Taio Cruz for Hanukkah

December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

The Jewish canon of pop music seems grow with every holiday!  Just in time for Hanukkah 2010, we find Yeshiva University's Jewish a capella group the Maccabeats spoofing Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."  As their website indicates, the Maccabeats are "strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom."  Thus they regularly perform "an eclectic array of Jewish, American, and Israeli songs."  Well, this latest song and video (with over 2,000,000 YouTube hits to date) certainly fits that bill.

Hanukkah (which means "dedication") recounts the epic Maccabean resistance against the Syrian-Greek armies in 165 B.C.E., and the miracle of one's day worth of ritual oil, which burned in the Temple menorah for a full eight days.  One wonders if the Jewish High Priest Mattathias looked anything like his singing 21st century counter-parts, but he would definitely appreciate the Maccabeats efforts to keep the story alive.  Flip your latkes in the air and enjoy!

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