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My new favorite Hanukkah song

Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that seeks to revitalize Aliyah and to substantially increase the number of future olim by removing the financial, professional and logistical obstacles that prevent many individuals from actualizing their dreams, brought over 150 participants together on Ben Yehuda Street for the first ever Jerusalem flash mob in honor of Hanukkah.

This video reminded me of a couple of things: how much I miss walking down Ben Yehuda Street (I hope to get back soon G-d willing), also how much I love Jewish comedy and of course, that song from OutKast (Hey Ya!). My new favorite Hanukkah song is definitely “Hannukah Hey Ya!” No doubt about it, us Jews are fun, funny and fearless.

Well, Happy Hanukkah, folks! Let’s make this one as unforgettable as the last! (Though Hanukkah is a fairly minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, every year I get to celebrate it in conjunction with my wedding anniversary–three years this Hanukkah!)

HANUKKAH HEY YA!
BY ERIC SCHWARTZ (SMOOTH-E)
© 2003
PARODY OF “HEY YA!” BY OUTKAST

MY DREIDEL JUST SPINS AROUND
AND THEN FALLS TO THE GROUND AS WE LIGHT THE CANDLES (OY!)
I LOVE TO LIGHT MENORAHS
AND THE MATZAH BALLS ARE COOKING ON THE STOVE (MMM!)
FLAMES HIGH TO LIGHT THE CEILING
BUT THE CANDLE DRIPPING’S BURNING ME RIGHT NOW (OW!)
THANK GOD FOR MOM AND DAD
FOR TEACHING JEWISH CULTURE ‘CAUSE WE ARE SO PROUD (L’CHAIM)

[CHORUS]
HANUKKAH
HANUKKAH
HANUKKAH
HANUKKAH

THOSE FLUFFY LATKES, OH THOSE FLUFFY LATKES
THEY’RE HOT I WANT TO EAT ‘EM ‘TILL THERE’S NOTHING AT ALL
WE GET THE PRESENTS, OH WE GET THE PRESENTS
AND EIGHT IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THREE FROM SANTA CLAUS
AND WHAT THEY SAY IS “WE’RE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE”
THEN WHAT MAKES, WHAT MAKES, WHAT MAKES, WHAT MAKES
US THE EXCEPTION?
DON’T KNOW WHY, KNOW WHY
O-Y, O-Y, O-Y (OY!)
RUN AND CALL YOUR RABBI SO THAT YOU CAN CELEBRATE THIS YEAR

OY IS JUST YO BACKWARDS

[CHORUS]
HANUKKAH (WHY DON’T YOU MEET MY RABBI)
HANUKKAH (HE ISN’T SUCH A BAD GUY)
HANUKKAH (IT WOULDN’T BE A BUMMER)
HANUKKAH (IF YOU WANT TO WEAR YARMULKE)

MANISCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ AND A KOSHERIZED PICKLE
MANISCEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SHEVITZ AND POTATO KNISHES
MANISCEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ AND THE KASHA VARNISHKAS
MANISCEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ, SCHEWITZ,

SUBURBANHOMEBOY.COM…CHALLAH!

Also, check out this article about Martin Casey, the African-American (and Scottish, Irish, Native American) Jewish convert who choreographed the Jerusalem Flash Mob: “Feeling the beat”

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