With the Festival of Lights just days away, we here at Kveller were beginning to worry that we wouldn’t get a fresh holiday bop. Thankfully, everyone’s favorite Jewish a capella group, Six13, answered all of our prayers.
Last night the six-man, New York-based group dropped their latest Hanukkah-themed parody: an adaptation of Queen’s iconic song, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
At first glance, the video for “Bohemian Chanukah” is a little spooky. But once you get past the boys’ floating heads —reminiscent of Queen’s video — the lyrics are quite delightful.
“Is this the eight night we light with family? Recall with great pride our escape from Greek tyranny,” the song begins. “Kindle the lights, remember the Maccabees. How did those give boys lead us to victory?”
After a brief history on the miracle of Hanukkah, the song really picks up, and even features copious use of air guitars (this is a cappella, after all).
Like the jug of oil that the Maccabees found in the Temple — you know, the one that was only enough to last one night — “Bohemian Chanukah” is enough to keep you going for all eight nights of the holiday. Watch early, watch often, and Happy Hanukkah!