If you’re noticing a wealth of leftover brisket sandwiches suddenly proliferating your office, or certain coworkers apologizing for long-passed misdeeds and wrongdoing, don’t panic: beef consumption will drop to normal levels soon, and your colleagues will go back to being their usual, less apologetic selves. It’s Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, a time for absurdly large and delicious meals (and special holiday services). And soon, it’ll be Yom Kippur, the time for atonement. L’Shana Tovah!
Even if you’re not Jewish, you can still enjoy the high holiday with this carefully-curated selection of our five favorite song parody videos, created to celebrate and educate about the Chosen People.
5. “Soul Bigger (The Rosh Hashana Song)” parodying “Gold Digger.”
Complete with Jewish moms in hair salons, this National Jewish Outreach Program project makes over Kanye’s hit to tell a saga of repentance and synagogue hang-outs — acapella.
Sample lyric: “Repent, boy, go ‘head, repent.”
4. “I’ve Got a Feeling (The Shabbat Song)” parodying the Black Eyed Peas.
Produced by the same group as No. 5 on our list, “I’ve Got a Feeling (The Shabbat Song)” is just the a cappella boost that you need to get your sabbath on, Jewish or not. Plus, when even the original song includes a shouted “Mazel Tov!” it’s just begging for a Hebrew makeover.
3. “Candlelight,” parodying “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
It’s not just repentance that gets aural love in the great Jewish tradition of song parodies: Of course Hanukkah has its own song! The Maccabeats, an a cappella group based at Yeshiva University, parody radio hit “Dynamite” to tell the story of the Maccabees’ defense of Israel against the invading Greeks.
Sample lyric: “I flip my latkes in the air sometimes sayin ayy ohh, spin the dreidel.”
2. “Raise Your Mask,” parodying “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
Think of Purim as Jewish Halloween, and this song as your anthem to celebrate it (plenty of time to prepare, it begins March 8 in 2012). The Ein Prat Fountainheads, graduates and students of a school in Israel, lay out the story of Purim via the rewritten lyrics. The song it’s based on, “Raise Your Glass,” is also rather appropriate, because Purim is typically a rather booze-soaked celebration.
Sample lyric: “Evil master, getting nast’ier/Planning for a big disaster/Jews are worried, what’s the story/Mordechai sacks his clothes.”
1. “Rosh Hashana Rock Anthem,” parodying “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
If you aren’t watching this video to get into the Rosh Hashana spirit, at the very least, please watch to see break-dancing men perform impressive dance moves while executing an even more impressive feat: keeping their yarmulkes on their heads (for the most part).
Sample lyric: “Rosh Hashana’s in the house tonight, all the world is passing through the light/Shana Tovah it’s high holiday time.”
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