‘Home’ is where the Maccabeats are
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‘Home’ is where the Maccabeats are

Popular Jewish a cappella group mashes up songs about coming, being and staying home to make a point

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

It’s not even Rosh Hashanah yet, and we are already being treated to a new Maccabeats video. Not yet glancing ahead to the High Holidays, the prolific Jewish a cappella group instead looks back at the difficult events of this summer.

“This video is dedicated to a speedy and peaceful resolution of all conflict in the Middle East and the entire world,” the group writes in the description of the video, which has been viewed on YouTube 65,800 times since August 27.

Aspirations for peace and peppy harmonies aside, the video, titled “Home,” makes a political statement about the legitimacy of the Jewish presence in Israel and the Diaspora.

The message is hard to miss, from the bold, sweeping cinematic images of the group singing a medley of songs like “Don’t Forget Where You Belong,” “Already Home,” and “Feels Like Home,” at key Jerusalem landmarks, like the Western Wall and the Bridge of Strings and New York sites like the George Washington Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

Doing what they do best, the Maccabeats use a mashup of lyrics by popular artists such as One Direction, Andy Grammer, Daughtry, Diddy and Phillip Phillips to counter Hamas’s terror tactics from Gaza and attacks on Jews and Israel’s right to exist by anti-Semites in countries around the world.

Then again, all the guys may have wanted to do was to just put together a good-looking and sweet-sounding new video.

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