Friday, December 19, 2014

Six 13 a Cappella Group Sings "Chanukah" - "Shake It Off" Parody


We still have a few days to go before Chanukah 2014 is history, so we'll bring you a few more of the best new Chanukah videos that have shown up on the Internet. Today's song by Six13 doesn't have a unique name -- it's Chanukah, but it's a take off on Taylor Swift's popular Shake It Off.

Six13 is a six-man vocal band that brings an unprecedented style of Jewish music to the stage, with songs ranging from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems. The members of the New York City-based group sound like a full band – while using nothing but their voices. 

Six13 has recorded five award-winning albums, whose songs have been played all over Jewish radio and been chosen to appear on nine different “best of” compilation albums. The group has over 20,000 CDs in circulation, and are among the top Jewish music artists on iTunes. 

They have received distinctions and accolades from Jewish organizations like the National Council of Young Israel and Moment Magazine, and awards from musical organizations like the Harmony Sweepstakes and the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America. 

They have been featured on the Chabad Telethon, Fox, ABC, in the Huffington Post, Jewish Week and NY Daily News, and were chosen three years running from hundreds of groups, both Jewish and secular, as finalists in the casting process for NBC’s hit prime-time television series The Sing-Off. The group has also become a viral internet sensation, with over 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hanukkah Traces in Unexpected Places: "A Hanukkah Wish" Sung by a Texas High School Chorus


Most of the Hanukkah music videos that we get and share with you fit into two neat categories.

Either they're musical or a cappella performances of the top five traditional songs (Maoz Tzur, Mi Yemalel, Chanukah oh Chanukah, I Have a Little Draydel, or S'vivon, Sov Sov Sov) or they're parodies of popular secular hit songs on the Billboard Top Hits list.

It's not often that we find a new warm ballad composed especially for Hanukkah. But there is a new Chanukah song that's circulating among the non-day school world of high school choral groups, even in schools where there are no or very few Jewish students. And it's not writtten in a minor key. It's just a tender heartfelt message of family and tradition. 

A Hanukkah Wish, written by Andy Beck, incorporates a contemporary setting of the traditional Hebrew “Maoz Tzur” just before a dramatic modulation to the final refrain.

This version was recorded last Thursday in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Prosper as sung by the Prosper High School Varsity Mixed Choir. We hope you enjoy it.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Naomi Less Rocks Chanukah with "Eight Lights"


Naomi Less is an internationally renowned, multi-skilled musician, facilitator and educator – who both performs and creates tailor-made trainings and educational experiences for all ages. 

In February 2013 we featured her performing a modern twist on Lecha Dodi to show that "Ain't No Mountain High Enough " to keep us from welcoming Shabbat.

Now, just in time for Chanukah, she has released a new music video called Eight Lights. As we continue our selections of the best new Chanukah videos, we wanted to share it with you.

Enjoy!
 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Julie Geller Lights the First Chanukah Candle - "Shine With Me"


Tonight we light the first Chanukah candle, and we can't think of a better way to get the eight-day holiday off to a happy start than to share with you another new, original song by Julie Geller.

Julie, raised in Colorado where she now lives with her family, also spent time in Boston, San Diego, and Israel. She has taken on a mission to bring love and healing into the world through her music. 
  
Julie is a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied at Bar Ilan University and Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel. 


Last year Julie gave us new, original songs that she composed for Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and I Believe in Miracles for Chanukah. Now she's done it again with another new song for this year's Chanukah celebrations called Shine With Me.

We hope it enhances your Chanukah experience. Enjoy!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Joke to Start the Week - "Sylvia's Going Deaf"

 
It's Monday again, and you know what that means. Time for another joke to get the week off to a funny start.

This week's joke is another gem from the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes. The joke teller is Marty Adickman, a 65-year-old dentist and keyboardist for "The Alta Rockers."

Here's the setup: The guys are playing cards, and during a break in the action, one guy leans over to the other guy and says "I don't know what I'm going to do, I think Sylvia's going deaf." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Maccabeats Come Up WIth Another Hanukkah Hit - "All About That Neis"

 
In 2010 The Maccabeats, an a cappella group from Yeshiva University, released their first Hanukkah music video, Candlelight, and every Hanukkah (and other holidays) since then we've seen many more videos by them and lots of other groups.

Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats have recently emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena,  with a large fan base, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with three albums, 2010′s Voices From The Heights, 2012′s Out Of The Box and 2014′s One Day More.

Many of the songs are parodies of pop hits and The Maccabeats' latest is no exception. Using the pop song All About that Bass as a basis, they sing about the neis (miracle) of Chanukah.

Enjoy!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Real Story of the First Circumcision - As Told by Satiric Israeli TV Show "The Jews are Coming"


So you think you know the story of how Abraham carried out the first circumcision of Isaac and Ishmael? Think again. 

The new (and controversial) satire now playing on TV sets in Israel, Hayehudim Ba'im (The Jews are Coming), has a different take on what went on behind the scenes. Just like all the other sketches in the series, it's funny and irreverent.

Here's the episode in Hebrew with English subtitles so you can see what really went on near Abraham's tent. We'll bring you other episodes as soon as they are released with English subtitles.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Comedy Flashback: Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G. Leads Religion Roundtable with Rabbi Barry Freundel and Others



For years, English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen adopted the persona of Ali G, an unorthodox journalist who asks absurd and ridiculous questions to seemingly unsuspecting guests on his interview show.

After a year of doing the show in England, it came to the USA for two years. One of the episodes was a "religion roundtable" in April 2011 during which Cohen asks downright offensive questions to the four guests representing Judaism, Catholicism, and religion in general. 

They included Rabbi Barry Freundel of the Georgetown Synagogue in Washington, Dr. Francisca Cho of Georgetown University, Bobbie Kirkhart of Atheist Alliance International, and Father William Byron, a Catholic priest.

Watching the episode, it's hard to believe that these serious guests didn't realize that they were pawns in an elaborate put-on and put-down of religion for the sake of comic relief. But Cohen, as we later saw in his movie role as Borat, can be very funny.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lively Hanukkah Mashup Hits the Streets of Chicago


Elliot Dvorin and the Key Tov Orchestra are at it again. The Chicago-based wedding band likes to use the large plaza in front of a Chicago office building as a stage for their musical productions.

We have featured them before, performing a flash mob version of Hashem Melech in downtown Chicago, and with the Kol Ish a cappella singers in a bluegrass version of Yigdal.

Their latest production is a mashup of Chanukah songs old and new, sung by Dvorin and danced to by an ensemble of dancers in the streets of Chicago. The songs included are Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song, Sevivon, Ocho Candelas, Candlelight, and Chanukah oh Chanukah.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quasi-Jewish Roots of Paddington Bear Revealed as New Movie Debuts


Remember the childrens' books about Paddington Bear, the bear who arrived unaccompanied at Paddington Station in London wearing a raincoat, rain hat, and a tag that said "Please look after this bear. Thank You."?

Now that Paddington, a new film featuring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Sarah Hawkins has been released in the UK and is coming to the USA in January, Michael Bond, the 88-year-old author of the books has revealed the quasi-Jewish roots of the stories.

As Rachel Shukert wrote in The Tablet
Bond revealed his inspiration for the kindly bear: the Jewish evacuee children he remembered seeing in the train stations of London during the Kindertransport of the late 1930s. “They all had a label round their neck with their name and address on,” a recent article in The Guardian quotes Bond as saying, “and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions. So Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee, and I do think that there’s no sadder sight than refugees.”
Paddington wasn't really a Jewish bear and his family wasn't persecuted. But when his Aunt Lucy moved into the Home for Retired Bears, he became a stowaway to London with his aunt's handwritten note on his tag. His refugee status resonated with many parents who became attached to the stories of his adventures.

Speaking of the Kindertransport, in 1988 the BBC aired a program that included a surprise encounter of Sir Nicholas Winton, the organizer of the Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia to London, with many of the children, now grown up, that he saved. It's a very moving video, just below the trailer for the new Paddington film

Last October, Sir Nicholas, now 105, was awarded the highest honor of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President MiloŇ° Zeman.

Enjoy!

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