Chanukah is one of my favorite holidays. No – its not just because we get eight days of presents. Nor is it because of the beautiful Chanukah lights that we lght each night; one on the first night going up to eight on the last night. Its not even because of the super yummy (but spectacularly unhealthy) sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and the Latkes that we stuff ourselves with.
Chanukah is my favorite holiday because it symbolizes Jewish self determination, Jews rising up to protect their nationhood, their religion and heritage, their right to be who they want to be. Chanukah commemorates, among other things, the Jews rising up to free the land of Israel from foreign domination, and to set the course of their own lives.
Being that Chanukah is my favorite holiday I want to share with you some of my favorite Chanukah videos.
First… the Macabeats of course with their classic that got over 7 million views on youtube!
The Macabeats also released this sequel
Next, Nefesh B’Nefesh with their own viral flashmob in Jerusalem’s city center!
Nefesh b’Nefesh also put out this video following 8 Olim (immigrants to Israel) during Chanukah. Am I the only one who thinks that the girl with the dreadlocks is super cute?
The Ein Prat Fountainheads is one of my favorite Israeli groups. I love this Matrix style video
and this other Chanukah video by the Fountainheads
My sister thinks these guys are super hot
And finally – this new release about Chanukah, by my favorite reggae artist Matisyahu!