The Hanukka season is a popular time for a flurry of Jewish holiday YouTube videos. Although YouTube Hanukka videos may not be the epitome of high video art, they have proven to be a popular forum for musicians seeking to broadcast their vocal and lyrical talents, as well as their dancing skills, while spreading their individual Jewish messages to the virtual world.
Many aspiring musicians hope they will achieve the status of the Maccabeats’ now-legendary 2010 video which catapulted the Yeshiva University a capella group into the public’s (as well President Obama’s) eye, and to date has garnered more than 1.4 million views.
Their distinctive harmonies, clever lyrics and trapeze moves make this a must-watch Hanukka clip.
Their lyrics, coupled with their pitch for donations to the Israel Terror Relief Fund, reinforce that message: “When one night turned to eight, that's why we celebrate/In the dark of night the candles stand for…/8 nights that we know....no we're not alone.”
Don’t forget to watch these other fun-filled Hanukka videos from the Israeli Ein Prat Fountainheads: their catchy 2011 video as well as their 2012 clip.. And don’t miss the sweet voices of the Yeshiva Boys Choir, with their “Those Were the Nights (of Chanukah)", as they preserve childhood Hanukka scenes in their 4.42 minute video.
So take your latkes and doughnuts, head to your nearest Internet connection, and check out what Hanukka is sounding like in modern times.