Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Aish.com,a division of Aish HaTorah, an apolitical network of Jewish educational centers in 35 branches on five continents, has entered the Passover music video club with a very unusual choice of a song as a basis for parody.
Many of the current Pesach parodies are based on current popular songs, but the Aish entry, titled Passover Rhapsody, is based on the British rock group Queen's 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody that has been ranked on all of the music charts as one of the top all-time hits in the U.S. and the UK.
Bohemian Rhapsody, a mock opera written by Queen's lead singer Freddy Mercury (1946-1991), a Parsi/Zoroastrian born in Zanzibar, is the subject of a lengthy article in Wikipedia and its meaning is still debated around the world.
But there's no reason to debate the meaning of Passover Rhapsody. It's the story of the Exodus from Egypt that most Jews will retell at the Passover seder, set to Queen's music and enacted by a cast of puppets.
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