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.
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.”
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.”
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.