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Adele, Bieber, Michael Jackson, ‘Hamilton’: The best 2016 Passover parodies

For decades, Jews were known for writing songs for Christian and secular holidays — “White Christmas,” anyone? “God Bless America”? “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”? — while Jewish holidays fell by the wayside in the popular songbook. Not anymore.

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Since the Yeshiva University singing group the Maccabeats posted “Candlelight,” their rendition of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” to YouTube just before Hanukkah in 2010, every Jewish lyricist seems to be out to create the next explosive YouTube hit for any conceivable Jewish holiday. (This reporter even tried it, with far, far less success than the Maccabeats, with a Taylor Swift parody sung by her sister for Purim in 2011.)

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The newest entries to the genre are rolling out now, just in time for Passover, which starts at sundown this Friday night. These are the three best new videos to share with your seder companions.

The Maccabeats have inspired a second a capella group at Yeshiva, the Orthodox Jewish university in New York. That group, Y-Studs, released a Passover video this year called “Seder,” to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The a capella group Y-Studs, based at Yeshiva University in New York, performs a Passover parody. (Video: Y-Studs Acapella)

Jewish organization Aish, which went with “Uptown Funk” for its Passover video last year, this year wrote new lyrics for three current chart-toppers and played them on top of modified movie clips, including Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments.”

A Jewish organization used clips from the movie “The Ten Commandments” and music from Adele, Justin Bieber and Twenty One Pilots in this Passover parody. (Video: Aish)

And at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania, students Emily Cohen and Jake Adler wrote Passover-themed lyrics to 11 of the songs in the smash hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Listen here to their rendition of the show’s opening number, and find the whole opus here.

Any great videos we missed? Let us know in the comments section. And if you still want more, watch this totally amazing non-musical Passover video from last year.

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