Thursday, January 10, 2013
There's been a lot of buzz that all of the Jewish holidays are coming early this year. The one most often cited is Chanukah, which starts a day before Thanksgiving. But at Jewish Humor Central we're very aware that Purim, our favorite fun holiday is almost here. Actually it's not until February 23, about six weeks away, but we got a reminder today with the release of the first Purim music video of the season.
We didn't expect the Purim shtick to appear for another few weeks, but the rabbis and cantors at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan, the largest synagogue in the Union for Reform Judaism, have been busy rehearsing for their Adult Purim Spiel on February 23.
The whole crew of rabbis, cantors, and staff members, led by cantor Michael Smolash strumming his guitar with a hamantash, puts on a vibrant, energetic song and dance number called Move Like Graggers, a parody of the Maroon 5 pop hit Moves Like Jagger.
It's an impressive piece of work, with costumes, choreography...the whole works. And if you listen carefully, you'll see that it's not just loud music, but actually a modern retelling of the story of Purim.
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