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.