Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Kung Fu Chanukah From the Town Where It All Began - Hashmonaim


Tonight we light the first Chanukah candle. To begin the eight day celebration we bring you a music video featuring a group of children from the Israeli town of Hashmonaim, built on the very spot where the Maccabees lived in ancient Israel.

In this video the children bring the story of Hanukkah to life as modern day Kung Fu and Ballerina Macabbees. On a rainy day in Kislev when two of them, Shalom and Matan Nadav, were home sick from school they wrote their own version of of the Kung Fu Panda song "Kung Fu Fighting" and changed it to "Chanukah Lighting" (with a little help from their Mom, Sarah). They invited their friends to come and make a movie with them.

All the parents got involved and roped in friends and family to get the video done, including Dena Lerner, Sarah Nadav, Robin Greenspan, Shani Greenspan, Esti Green, Elisheva Lieberman, Shimon Greenspan, Dave Nadav and Jon Nelson from Eden Mi Qedem who sang and mixed the song.

We hope you enjoy the video as you get ready to light your candles and enjoy your latkes and sufganiyot. Watch the whole cast perform the song -- the Maccabees, the ballerinas and ninjas (funny, we don't remember them being part of the story), the Greeks, and with a modern touch, a few Angry Birds get into the act.

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)