Jewish Journal


December 4, 2010

‘I fling my latkes in the air sometimes’


There is no way Taio Cruz does better with the ladies than The Maccabeats do. Thanks for the link Spaniel and for the reminder Rutschman. Here’s the JPost talking with the Maccabeats’ associate director Immanuel Shalev:

A group of Yeshiva University students have become a somewhat-unlikely YouTube sensation, by transforming Mike Tompkins’ a cappella cover of Taio Cruz’s hit song “Dynamite” into an irrepressibly catchy and entertaining Hanukka parody, “Candlelight.”

The Maccabeats, an all-male a cappella group at the Orthodox Jewish university, authored and put together the video. The video is a hilarious montage of spoofs on music videos, battle scenes between Jews and Greeks, the inexplicable appearance of a NASA astronaut, and at least one sufganiyah whose fillings cannot be contained. ...

“I always get videos from my friends, my mom, and pretty much every Jewish relative around the Jewish holidays—they’re usually pretty standard, a Muppet singing “shana tova” or celebrities eating matzah,” Shalev said. “We figured we could probably do a really fun and entertaining video.”

Happy Hanukkah.

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