The Evening Post: Chanukah Shake It Off


Geek Alabama Evening Post

Tonight, I am sharing this video from the YouTube channel Six13Sings, where six guys from the Jewish a capella group Six13 performed a Hanukkah song set to Taylor Swift’s endlessly parodied hit “Shake It Off.”  Enjoy!

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The Evening Post: Thanksgivukkah Anthem


Geek Alabama Evening Post

So this year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are taking place at the exact same time.  For those of you celebrating both holidays, Happy Thanksgivukkah!  In this video below, a cappella group Six13 leads a musical charge to celebrate both holidays and mash them into one called Thanksgivukkah!  This holiday was the greatest holiday that ever was.  

Professional Jewish a cappella group Six13 are the originators of today’s Jewish a cappella sound.  They’ve performed to rave reviews for millions of people — at synagogues, religious schools, major sports events, JCCs, fundraising events, B’nai Mitzvah and private affairs alike, received numerous awards for their five best-selling CDs, and been selected as finalists three times for casting in NBC’s “The Sing-Off”.  Enjoy the video!  Because we won’t see Thanksgivukkah again for 77,000 years!

Learn more about Six13 at: http://six13.com/

Hanukkah 2012 Is Here!


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Hanukkah 2012 is here!  Hanukkah or Chanukah is an eight-day holiday from Saturday December 8th to Sunday December 16th commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.  Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.  The Jewish holiday celebrates the triumphs of ancient Jewish heroes and is often filled with food, games, and blessings.  Outside of the Jewish culture; Hanukkah is often not as well-known as Christmas.  But this is the Jewish way of enjoying the holiday season!

The main tradition of Hanukkah is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah which symbolizes the burning light in the temple.  The Menorah has nine branches with a taller branch in the middle.  Each evening another branch is lit with a special blessing.  The popular toy during Hanukkah is the Dreidel.  Which I really did not know what it is about until researching it.  The four sides has the Hebrew letters “nun, gimel, hay, and shin.” And they stand for “a great miracle happened here.”

Each year some great videos about Hanukkah comes out.  And I have found two great videos to share!  This first video features a Rube Goldberg machine having a robot lighting the Menorah.  The second video shows the Pella Singers sing a capella mashup of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is often talked about in a funny way in America and is not taken as seriously by the non-Jewish crowd in this country.  But the holiday has a important meaning just like Christmas and the other holidays.  The holidays is all about spending time with family and friends!  That is the meaning of this time of the year.  So enjoy the Menorah or the Christmas tree and have a great holiday.  No matter what you are celebrating!

 

Hanukkah 2011 Is Here


Well it is now getting dark around here and the sun is setting.  That means Hanukkah or the festival of lights has started.  Hanukkah is an eight day holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  The Jewish holiday celebrates the triumphs of ancient Jewish heroes and is often filled with food, games, and blessings.  Outside of Jewish culture; Hanukkah is often not as well known as Christmas.  But this is the Jewish way of enjoying the holiday season.

The main tradition of Hanukkah is the lighting of the Menorah which symbolizes the burning light in the temple.  The Menorah has nine branches with a taller branch in the middle.  Each evening another branch is lit with a special blessing.  The popular toy is the Dreidel.  Which I really did not know what it is about until researching it.  The four sides has the Hebrew letters “nun, gimel, hay, and shin.” And they stand for “a great miracle happened here.”

Now the meaning of Hanukkah in pop culture.  Probably the most popular song of Hanukkah is the Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler.  I really liked the SNL version.

And the Adam Sandler movie Eight Crazy Nights which centers on the eight nights of the holiday.  Hanukkah is often talked about here in a funny way and not taken as seriously by the non-Jewish crowd here in America.  But the holiday has an important meaning just like Christmas and other holidays.  Spending time with family and friends.  That is the meaning this time of the year.  So enjoy the Menorah or the Christmas tree and have a great holiday.  No matter what you are celebrating.  Just like Isabella from Phineas and Ferb.  She is Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah but her friends celebrate Christmas.  But they still all enjoy spending time with each other and that is what the holidays are all about!