Maccabeats

Let My People… Sing Satires

Passover Soundtrack

04/12/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? Maybe it’s all those Jewish boys-turned-rappers showing up on YouTube, dressed in matching attire, grinning incessantly, singing Pesach lyrics to the tune of hip, popular songs.

Boy bands battle it out on YouTube: Members of Kol Ish, top, and Six13, above.

Maccabeats Rewrite Musical Expectations

YU a cappella group atop Billboard charts, adored by media.

12/14/2010
Associate Editor

Just as the Maccabees continued the Chanukah wars long after the eight days of flames disappeared into a wisp of smoke, the story of the Maccabeats — an a capella group formed by Yeshiva University students — and their Chanukah video continues to dazzle even as the holiday fades.

Reflections On The Maccabeats And The Power Of New Media

12/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

From zoot suits to flagpole sitting, the university campus has always been a source of fads and fun that spread beyond the campus. As young people focus on their education they also look to affirm their youth and push the envelope of tomorrow.

Acappella Maccabeats Closing In On 2 Million Hits

It's been a big week for YU -- a dreidel contest there made SNL's Weekend Update, and their student acappella group, the Maccabeats, are closing in on 2 million hits on YouTube with their "Candlelight" Internet sensation.

Top Hanukkah Videos for 2010

If you haven't received an email or Facebook message in the past week with the link to the Maccabeats video of "Candlelight", you might want to check that your computer is actually plugged in.

The Maccabeats have created the most viral Hanukkah video of all time
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