Hollywood celebs celebrate Hanukkah

Ben Platt, Adam Sandler and Sacha Baron Cohen all share musical Hanukkah posts on social media.

December 4, 2018 15:34
Actress Isla Fisher and her husband actor Sacha Baron Cohen

Actress Isla Fisher and her husband actor Sacha Baron Cohen. (photo credit: REUTERS/DANNY MOLOSHOK)


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Millions of Jews around the world are lighting candles and chowing down on doughnuts this week. And Jewish Hollywood celebrities are no different. From Adam Sandler to Josh Malina, Debra Messing and Mayim Bialik, Hanukkah cheer is going viral. 

Sandler - originator of the famed Saturday Night Live "Hanukkah Song" - posted a clip on Twitter on Sunday of the song "Bar Mitzvah Boy" from his new Netflix special, writing: "Have a good eight crazy nights." Sandler's friend and fellow actor Ben Stiller shared the tweet, adding: "Happy Chanukah."

Malina, the former Scandal and West Wing star, is definitely getting in the holiday spirit. On Monday he posted a short video of latkes bubbling in hot oil, writing: "Let the games begin." And then the actor followed it up with an old photo of himself wearing a furry hat and cradling a hanukkia in his arms.

Messing, the star of Will and Grace, posted a quote from former UK chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks over an image of lit Hanukkah candles on Instagram, writing: "Happy Hanukkah, one and all. May we notice beauty in the darkness."

Broadway and film Ben Platt, known for his roles in Dear Evan Hansen and Pitch Perfect, posted a short video on his Instagram story with a brand-new original Hanukkah jingle.
"There’s latkes in the Hanukkah bush/ Scoop them with a ladle," Platt and his friend actress Molly Gordon sing together. "Does Moses have a Hanukkah tush? Spin me like a dreidel."

Actress Isla Fisher, married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, posted a short video to Instagram of her in a Hanukkah-themed onesie dancing to music. 
"It's time to light the menorah motherf*#!ers," she wrote. 
Baron Cohen reposted the video on his own Instagram page, writing "Best Hanukka track of all time, written by my bro. Dreidel - Songs in the Key of Hanukka." Baron Cohen's brother, Erran Baron Cohen, is a composer and trumpet player who has worked with the actor on many projects.

Big Bang Theory actress Bialik posted a photo from the first night of the holiday on Instagram, showing four lit hannukiot in a row.

And CNN anchor Jake Tapper shared a risque and hilarious Hanukkah GIF on Twitter on Sunday, wishing his close to 2 million followers a Happy Hanukkah.

Thank goodness there are six more nights of holiday cheer still to come.

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