Jewish band serves up kosher Lady Gaga

A-cappella group Six13 produces Jewish songs to tune of hit singles using nothing but their voices

If you're counting down the days of the Omer until you are allowed to listen to instrumental music, Six13 has something to help the next few days pass by pleasantly.


The Jewish American a-cappella group has done it again, this time to the vocally-produced sounds of Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face,' Kanye West's 'Heartless,' and The Black-Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling.'  
It's hard to believe that the track makes no use of instruments, but the band members say the secret lies in layering dozens of vocal tracks in order to produce sounds that mock the guitar, bass, drums, and even electronic effects.


Six13 released the single during the Omer count as a gift to their fans, because the album is only scheduled to begin selling in a year.


Mike Boxer, tenor and director of the group, told Ynet they had decided to record the track after performing the songs during live shows. It is currently being distributed online, free of charge.


In an interview last year, Ynet asked Boxer whether he didn’t think listening to their music during the Omer count was "cheating," as it sounded very similar to instrumental music.


"There is a debate on this. It depends on who your rabbi is," he said. "There are those who say you need to be sad all the time and that it is inappropriate, but others say there is no need to add to what was prohibited. If you're allowed to listen to song, then you're allowed. We aren't getting involved in this battle."


Six13 has invited all Ynet readers to visit their site and download the single for free. And for those who would like to sing along, here are the lyrics:


Poker Face


(To the tune of 'Poker Face' by Lady Gaga)



I have my dinner like they did in Torah times

And say a bracha right before my Manischewitz wine



My steak might be rare but you can bet there ain’t no blood

And you won’t get in my tummy, babe, unless you

chew your cud


Oh... oh-oh, oh, oh… oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

I cook it hot, but not on Shabbat

Oh... oh-oh, oh, oh… oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

I keep it Glatt, and kasher my pots


Can’t eat my, can’t eat my, no you can’t eat from my

Kosher plate hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz

Ka-ka-ka-kosher plate, ka-ka-kosher plate




(To the tune of 'Heartless' by Kanye West)


Yo hamentashen… I’m really happy for you

And I’mma let you finish

But Chanukah had one of the best Jewish holiday-specific

Ethnic foods of ALL TIME

How could she eat those latkes


It was December, I was hangin’ with my meidel

Eating gelt and spinnin’ up some dreidel

Tryin’ to win but I was not so nimble

I got the nuns and she got all the gimmels

It was Ma’oz Tzur that I was hearin

As my coins continued disappearin'

Suddenly my nose starts to twitchin'

From the aroma comin’ from the kitchen


So we’re playin’ this game, just like I told ya

By the light of the Chanukah menorah

We had to finish the round, I couldn’t wait though

I knew my mom was fryin’ up potatoes

They were latkes, fresh and delicious

My girl got up and I got suspicious

She said: relax, now don’t be a hater

I’m just gon’ help her put away the grater


In the night, we lit the lights

Like Maccabees of days of old

But I can’t believe my girl has gone and stole

All my Chanukah latkes

How could she eat those latkes

All my Chanukah latkes


I Got Tefillin


(To the tune of 'I Gotta Feeling' by The Black-Eyed Peas)


I got tefillin

And it’s wraped on my left arm real tight

And it’s wraped on my left arm real, real tight

At Bar Mitzvah


Rav said “Mazel Tov!”

Took leather stuff

And wrapped me up

Told me I’d need

A set of these

And now I’ve got



Put it on in the morning ‘cause it’s what the Torah said

Got a box on my arm and another on my head

Went around seven times, yeah it’s easy to see

And the sh’ma’s on my mind, quite literally

Because I’m Jewish, I’m Jewish

I’m Jewish, I’m Jewish...


I got tefillin…


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