Maccabeats’ new Hanukkah vid celebrates 10 years together
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Maccabeats’ new Hanukkah vid celebrates 10 years together

From cherub-like freshmen to globe-trotting Jewish superstars, the a cappella group marks a decade of publicizing the holiday groove

Screenshot from the Maccabeats' 'Candle on the Sill.' (YouTube)
Screenshot from the Maccabeats' 'Candle on the Sill.' (YouTube)

In the past 10 years, the Maccabeats a cappella holiday videos have become as closely tied to Hanukkah tradition as latkes and sufganiot. So everyone’s been wondering, “What will their holiday parody be this year?”

And finally, the world got its answer on Monday with the release of their newest YouTube video, “Candles on the Sill,” based on Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill.”

The song is a celebration of the group’s 10 years together.

“This year’s Hanukkah video, 10 years in the making,” their Facebook page announced. “The story of our own personal Hanukkah miracle and how you’ve all been a better gift than we could have ever imagined.”

Within 12 hours the song had already garnered over 20,000 YouTube views, hundreds of Facebook shares and scores of comments.

A decade ago, the group came together as students at Yeshiva University. Their breakout song, “Candlelight,” a Hanukkah-themed version of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite, established their broader fame in 2010 and currently has over 13 million views on YouTube.

Since then, in addition to a host of other mashups, they produce an annual Hanukkah video. Last year’s “Hasmonean” was a parody of the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

This year’s video takes on a note of nostalgia, sharing the story of how the young musicians, many now married with children and careers outside of music making, came together as undergraduate students and grew together as their fame spread.

The video, infused with home movie-like footage and media clips of the boy band, starts at the beginning:

“Ten years ago we played our first set
We were singing for just family and our friends
And our hearts beat with the rush that comes from a cheering crowd
We were younger then
Who could know that then.”

A flashback of the Maccabeats making the news, part of a nostalgic 10th anniversary video, ‘Candles on the Sill.’ (Screenshot)

The story progresses tracking their rise — an interview with Katie Couric, throwing the first ball at a baseball game and even their performance at the White House for Obama in 2011.

The video also shows lighter moments of long road trips together, praying backstage and travels around the world.

But while the song was a thank you to those who helped them get here, it was by no means a goodbye. “And as we grow, we just hope you come along,” they sang.

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