Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hanukkah Video Helps Jews Sing New Tune // Yeshiva University's Maccabeats on CNN Belief Blog

Full article here // Excerpt below

By Jessica Ravitz

Face it: Good Hanukkah songs are hard to come by. [...]

Now, making its viral video and international debut, we have the Maccabeats.

Out of New York's Yeshiva University, this 14-member a cappella group introduced just this week, "Candlelight," a music video that parodies Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," and specifically Mike Tompkins' rendition of the song.

The song educates listeners about the story of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day holiday which started Wednesday night. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt and the menorah (candelabrum) that stayed aglow for eight days, despite a lack of oil.

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I am more than a little obsessed with this song. Duke Div needs an a cappella group. -- Sarah

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