“The last video exceeded our wildest expectations. We’re touring the country, we’ve been on radio and TV, but the most rewarding thing about this whole experience was being able to tell the Hanukkah story to millions of people.
"Jews who haven’t lit a menorah for years went out and bought Hannukah candles, and non-Jews who may not have known the story were interested in learning more,” said Maccabeat Immanuel Shalev, of “Candlelight”.
The group recently uploaded their latest offering “Purim Song”, set to the tune of Pink’s hit “Raise Your Glass”. The song tells the story of Purim, the upcoming holiday commemorating a time when Jews residing in Persia were miraculously saved from certain death. At press time, the video had over 137,000 views.
Formed in 2007, by a group of Yeshiva University students in New York City, the Maccabeats have performed throughout the United States, including Madison Square Gardens.
“Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American, and Israeli songs.
"Their breakthrough piece, 'Lecha Dodi,' is the epitome of this synthesis, combining some of the most beloved words of Jewish liturgy with Leonard Cohen's meaningful and melodic Hallelujah,” states the group’s homepage.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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