Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hasidic Puppet Rock Band Gets Into the Thanksgivukkah Spirit


What happens when four words (Hasidic, puppet, rock and band) that you would never put together in a sentence combine to provide a unique entertainment that makes sense once in 77,000 years? 

You get Buba Myses, the Hasidic Puppet Rock Band, which this week released their entry into the competition for Best Thanksgivukkah Music Video. (We're trying to share most of them with you and we'll conduct a survey during Hanukkah to get your opinions on which one is the best.)

Their song, complete with lights, sound, and of course, puppets in Hasidic dress, is a parody of a pop culture song called Scream and Shout, that reached 311 million page views on YouTube. Don't ask us how; we only heard the song for the first time today.

So who are these guys with the giant puppet heads? As Ben Sales reported in JTA's Telegraph blog,
The one thing that separates this video from the ever-growing number of Jewish parodies on YouTube: the band members are Hasidic. They’re also puppets. The band name Buba Myses, Yiddish for “grandma tales,” is also a play on the Hebrew word buba, which means puppet.
But as much as the presentation is impressive, I’ve gotta say that the character I identify with most is the bewildered guest. If I came to a Thanksgiving dinner only to be greeted by a bunch of Orthodox puppets, I’d be pretty confused, too.
Enjoy!

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(A tip of the kippah and a copy of the Kindle Edition of our new book Israel is a Funny Country to Zvika Klein for bringing this video to our attention.)