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Chanukah begins on Saturday night, and the Schmooze has enough videos to last
for all eight days.
First, we have a Yeshiva University sing-off:
StandFour vs. The Maccabeats. The former is a group of four alumni of the latter,
YU's acapella group. They came out with a mash-up replacing the words of three
hit songs - "Some Nights" by fun., "Live While We're Young" by One Direction,
and "Die Young" by Ke$ha – with "random Jewish references," as they call it.
Not to be intimidated by the alumni challenge, The Maccabeats released an
original Chanukah song titled "Shine," encouraging viewers to get swabbed to
give bone marrow donations:
You may think lighting the menorah is a simple task, but some geeks at the
Technion made it much more complicated than necessary, with a Rube Goldberg
machine involving dreidels, dominoes, toy cars, marbles and more.
The next video, "Bubala Please," has gone viral since it was released ten days
ago. In short, a Hispanic gangster and a black gangster go from being rivals to
best friends forever after discovering they're both Jewish, and decide to make
some latkes. The language is NSFW, but the clip is hilarious.
Now, Jaquann and Luis came out with a second chapter, teaching viewers how to
pimp-out their Chanukah bush with "crazy-ass tchotchkes." They even rap
shehechiyanu at the end.
If you're looking for the perfect Chanukah gift for a nice Jewish girl you know,
look no further than the 2013 Nice Jewish Guys Calendar, also known as "the
Oscars for Jewish guys." Twelve young men were photographed on bikes, with
puppies, drinking coffee and pursuing other Nice Jewish Guy pursuits. Check out
the Nice Jewish Guys Facebook page for more information.
Meanwhile, in New York, an old Jewish lady didn't know who Jay-Z is, and the
Internet went crazy. While Hova filmed a documentary on his eight-concert series
in Brooklyn, he decided to take the subway, and sat down next to artist Ellen
Grossman, who, looking at the bodyguards and mess of people surrounding the
rapper, asked: Are you famous?
Last but not least, reigning pop star of the moment Taylor Swift tweeted this fun
video of an Israeli "School of Rock" singing one of her recent hits, "I Knew You
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