New Hanukkah videos to get over that holiday hump
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New Hanukkah videos to get over that holiday hump

Festival of Light music clips keep the cheer burning bright

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

From "8 Days of Hanukkah" by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. (YouTube)
From "8 Days of Hanukkah" by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. (YouTube)

Eight days is a long time for a holiday, so it’s a hidden miracle that some creative types didn’t rush to finish and upload their Hanukkah clips in time for their first-candle deadlines.

And as we’ve passed the halfway mark and are heading into the homestretch, in between bites of latkes and sufganiyot, take a few moments to enjoy these latest Hanukkah digital delights.

First off there’s this short and entertaining version of “Al HaNisim” (a bit of Hanukkah liturgy) by Israeli a cappella group Kippalive. When we say short, we mean short. Just take a look at the size of these guys:

The young people in the Hevruta joint gap-year and pre-IDF program at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem also decided to sing “Al HaNisim” for their video holiday greeting.

Since the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are young adults who come from abroad to teach English in Israeli schools, the program’s participants put together a video in that language. The camera is not always in focus, but we’ll give these energetic folks an A for effort.

This video shows that Israeli high school students may not be little kids anymore, but they still dig the Hanukkah classics they grew up singing.

Remember we told you about “8 Days of Hanukkah,” that amazing soul/funk Hanukkah ditty from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings? Up to this point, we have sadly had to suffice with an audio version. Now we can all get down not only to the music, but also to this fabulous video made to look like an old Schoolhouse Rock segment directed and illustrated by Rich Terrana.

And if that weren’t groovy enough for for you, then check out this new psychedelic Hebrew alphabet video with music by Darshan duo Eden Pearlstein and Shir Yaakov Feit and art and animation by Brian Savelson and Abbey Luck. It takes us on a trip of Kabbalah and sick beats that includes far more than just the letters on the fours sides of the dreidl.

Last week we ended our initial Hanukkah video roundup with some selections for kids. Well, this time this last clip is for adult eyes and ears only.

It’s The Skivvies (the band’s name says it all) singing “It’s F*cking Hanukkah.” We’re going to bet this is probably the first video where you’ve seen people punctuate raunchy lyrics with the Hanukkah candle lighting blessings while wearing nothing but bras, thong panties and tiny, tight briefs that leave little to the imagination.

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