December 3, 2010 by staff
Maccabeats, A group of students at Yeshiva University has become a sensation rather unlikely, YouTube, Mike Tompkins, transforming a cappella cover of Taio Cruz’s hit song “Dynamite” into a catchy and entertaining parody irrepressible Hanukkah, “the candle. ”
The Maccabeats, an all male a cappella group at the University Orthodox Jewish author and set up the video. The video is a montage of hilarious parody videos on, scenes of battle between the Jews and Greeks, the inexplicable appearance of a NASA astronaut, and at least one sufganiyah whose fillings can not be contained.
Immanuel Shalev, associate director of the Maccabeats, spoke with The Jerusalem Post a few days before the group would open its doors for a special concert Matisyahu Hanukkah. Shalev Maccabeats formed four years ago, with the co-founders Michael Greenberg and Julian Horowitz.
“I always get videos from my friends, my mother, and almost all Jews from around the Jewish holidays – they are usually pretty standard, a Muppet singing” shana tova “or celebrities to eat matzah,” Shalev said. “We thought we could probably make a video very amusing and entertaining.”
The video has reached other group, a cover of Matisyahu “One Day”, also surpassed 100,000 hits on YouTube.
“It went very well, and I thought that we are so Maccabeats Hanukkah is about our vacation,” said Shalev.
Shalev has been listening to “Dynamite” on the way home from school, and inspiration struck.
“” I throw my hands up sometimes “It is now” I spilled my latkes in the air somewhere “in my head,” said Shalev.”We’re really excited about.”
Making the video took about a month, estimates Shalev, with three weeks dedicated to shooting and editing by Uri Westrich, who directed the video.
The video has received over 200,000 hits on YouTube, and the numbers continue to increase. The song is also available for download on iTunes.
“Honestly, we’re really humbled by the response,” said Shalev. “We have a great time singing together, especially on issues that are so important to us religiously. We try to have fun while doing what is important to us – and what is surprising is that others will relate to it so many different ways. ”
“Parents love it because it receives its kind in Hanukkah. Children love it because it’s fun. This comment by a Facebook really remember why we do what we do – “Cousin Gayle … Thanks for sending me this video After shopping with my children gifts for Hanukkah, I forgot what the sense of celebration is “Shalev said.
Among the many responses to video, Shalev said, was one of a family of Noahide Texas, who describes himself as the transition of the celebration of Christmas to Hanukkah.
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