Maccabeats’ ‘Candlelight’ Garners Over 3 Million Hits

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maccabeatsJust as the Maccabees continued the Chanukah wars long after the eight days of flames disappeared into a wisp of smoke, the story of the Maccabeats – an a capella group formed by Yeshiva University students –¬†and their Chanukah video continues to dazzle even as the Yom Tov fades.

Here are the numbers: The Maccabeats’ “Candlelight” video now has more than 3,294,000 hits on YouTube. By comparison, Sarah Silverman’s widely reported “Great Schlep,” on behalf of candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign, tallied slightly fewer than 2 million hits. S

The Maccabeats are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Yaakov Shwekey concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The event will also feature guests Chazzan Itche Meir Helfgott, Baruch Levine, the Shira Chadasha Choir and a fifty-piece orchestra directed by the talented Yochi Briskman.

{The Jewish Week, Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

18 COMMENTS

  1. of all the videos out there, why are they comparing a sarah silverman video from 2 years ago???
    what does one thing have to do with another???

  2. An even worse comparison is comparing this gashmiyus to the light of Torah which the Chashmonaem restored to the world. I love the song but the comparison…

  3. taking a non jewish song that the idea is full of tumah and making a song from that which is talking about us not asimalating its a stira in itself

  4. It’s a horrible song and nothing to be flaunted or proud of. It’s completely NOT JEWISH which is exactly what the Yevanim wanted, so what are we showing?! Besides the song’s lyrics “play dreidel by the candlelight” is against halacha which states that we don’t use the light of the neiros Chanuka and which is the reason for the shamash.

  5. rabosai, to all the naysayers.. we cant even begin to understand the POSITIVE influence this video has made.
    how many yiddin who haven’t lit a menorah in years (or haven’t ever lit one altogether) now because of this video have lit the menorah, celebrated chanuka…. got 1 step closer to yiddishkeit. who knows what positive impact this had on so many yiddin worldwide! what a huge zechus these guys have!!
    keep it up, its a true kiddush Hashem

  6. TO #9 ALL THE MITZVOS AND ZECHUSIM THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THIS SONG IS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE SATTAN AND STRENTHENING THE SATTAN, BECAUSE NO MATTER WHATS COMING OUT OF IT YOU STILL HAVE TO SEE WHERE THE ROOTS ARE FROM

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