Weekly Schmooze: Rosh Hashanah playlist

Jewish culture news worldwide: Macklemore blows the shofar; "Cups" goes Jewish; a Technion apple and honey experiment.

August 29, 2013 13:35
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Singer Macklemore in New York, August 16, 2013.

Macklemore. (photo credit: Reuters)


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Rosh Hashanah is less than a week away, which means it’s time for holiday parody songs!

First we have Aish HaTorah's version of this summer's runaway hit, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and Pharrell. They call it "Get Clarity," and pepper the song with shofar blowing and break dancing in Jerusalem's Old City.

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Next, a capella group Six13 parodied Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "The City Can't Hold Us," and served apples and honey to strangers in Times Square – including Hello Kitty.

If you're a Macklemore fan, check out how he blows the shofar. Of course, he's not calling Jews to repent, he's calling hipsters to Brooklyn (don't they live there anyway?) for last week's VMA, but it's still holiday-appropriate.

The Schusterman Foundation came out with an original folk song with very cute animation to wish everyone a Shana Tovah:

Most people dip an apple in honey for Rosh Hashanah, but at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, they use physics. After students built a Rube Goldberg machine to light last year's Hanukah candles, Technion students used a crossbow and helium balloons to shoot an apple dipped in honey at Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie.

Finally, we have a parody video that isn't for Rosh Hashanna, but is still timely as sets the prayer "Adon Olam" to the tune of Anna Kendrick's huge hit "Cups."

Have a happy, sweet new year!

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