Rocking and Rapping the Hanukkah Story With the Musical Group Six 13

Tonight we offer a double musical treat for Hanukkah from Six 13, a nationally renowned, all-male Jewish a capella group. An internet sensation, the group has also performed on national TV and radio, and in venues across the country and around the world. As described on their website, their music is “fueled by thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements, and soulful harmonies” with the goal of “connect[ing] Jews around the globe with their heritage through music.” The lyrics in Six 13’s Hanukkah videos below are impressively creative and thoroughly entertaining.

Here is their 2014 parody of the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off”:

Six 13’s most recent Hanukkah song, which they performed at the White House for the president and the first lady, is a parody of the show “Hamilton”:

Light Up Your Night With the Fountainheads

Our selected Hanukkah suggestion for tonight is the catchy “Light Up the Night” by the Fountainheads. As described on their website, the Fountainheads are “an all-volunteer, student-led artistic project, led by young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today’s Jewish world.” Ein Prat is a beit midrash for young Israeli adults. Its mission is to help these 20-somethings “grapple with major questions regarding their Jewish identity, their allegiance to country, and their goals for adulthood.”

Here are the Fountainheads and “Light Up the Night.” Enjoy!