Hidden Meaning

These guys are awesome.

The Maccabeats are an a cappella group from Yeshiva University and feature a diverse array of harmonic male voices and an integration of Jewish and American vocal influences.

Back in December they released their viral hit “Candlelight” (a Hanukkah cover of “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz) to rave reviews from major news sources and now they’ve done it again with a cover of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” to commemorate the Jewish holiday of “Purim” which faithful Jews around the world celebrated this last weekend with healthy amounts of wine and merry-making.

The main message of the song is the “hidden meaning” of G-d’s redemptive action for the sake of his people in the story of Esther. Although the book never mentions Ha Shem (the name of G-d) Jewish people to this day highlight the importance of Esther’s story at Purim by celebrating the fact that on this round, the Jews won and behind it all “G-d is pulling the strings.”

As I watched the highly entertaining video, rife with “inside” lines for Jews around the world, I reflected on just how appropriate covering “Raise Your Glass” is for a song about Purim. First, Purim is the big party festival for Jews, who sometimes are accused of taking the party a bit too far and indulging in drunken revelry (let us keep in mind that Christians are straight up gluttons on Christmas and Easter), so Pink’s party anthem is a fitting choice for a cover. Second, the Maccabeats encourage us all to seek the hidden meanings in regular, everyday events and seemingly secular stories and songs.

Enjoy the song, learn a little more about Purim and continue to look for the hidden meaning in today’s headlines, personal stories and Top 40 hits. You may just discover something significant and spiritual along the way. Shalom.



Filed under Judaism, Religion and the Public Sphere

3 responses to “Hidden Meaning

  1. Mission Mobilizer

    I love it when the Greeks show up to the party. Great nod to the Candlelight song.

    I don’t know what it is about these guys exactly, but I love listening to them and learning about Jewish tradition in this way. I feel that they really care about what they are sharing, make it exciting, yet don’t sell out anything. Of course, I’m not Jewish, so I don’t really know if that is an accurate statement.

  2. recreative

    Also not being Jewish I cannot totally say they are “singing the truth” as it were, but for all I know they certainly are. Coming from such a prestigious Jewish institution as Yeshiva also gives them some major street cred, if there is such a thing, in the Jewish world.

    With that said, the Jewish river of thought is a wide and diverse stream with Orthodox, Conservative and Reformed traditions all taking different positions on a lot of stories, traditions and mitzvoth.

    All that seriousness aside…these guys are awesome!

  3. Reyes Stott

    judaism is also a nice religion just like christianity. my grand dad is also a jewish.*

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