Today’s the last day of Hanukkah, and I wanted to mark that by sharing a video that has been sent to me by a different person almost every day of Hanukkah.
It’s called “Candlelight,” and is sung by the Maccabeats, a male A Capella group at Yeshiva University. I find the video to be really funny (the first half features the guys dressed up in sheets, fighting like the Greeks and Maccabees), but I also think the song does a good job of covering a wide spectrum of Hanukkah activities: the actual story behind it, eating latkes/jelly donuts, spinning dreidels, lighting candles, singing Maoz Tzur, and getting together with friends. Judging from the popularity the song has gained at my school (probably because of the catchy tune, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”), it seems that this song is relatable for modern audiences, and able to get them excited about Hanukkah. It’s good to have a Hanukkah song that feels fun and new and is easy for kids today to learn, I think “Candlelight” serves that purpose very well. A new Hanukah song to add to the repertoire, perhaps? Plus, who doesn’t love A Capella?