December 4, 2010, - 7:15 pm
Even if you are not Jewish, I think you will enjoy this Chanukah video, featuring a group of guy singers from Yeshiva University in New York, who call themselves “The Maccabeats.” It tells the Chanukah story with great singing done to the tune of a recent pop hit. It’s already had over a million views on YouTube. I’ll interpret the two Hebrew parts for you. “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” means “A Great Miracle Happened There”–something we say on Chanukah (in Israel, they say, “Nes Gadol Hayah Poh,” or “A Great Mirace Happened Here”). “Ma’oz Tzur,” means “Rock of Ages,” a song about G-d being our eternal salvation and savior against the enemies of the Jewish people, which we sing after lighting the Chanukah candles each night of Chanukah.
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