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The Maccabeats, a Yeshiva University group, perform their song Candlelight in this YouTube video posted on Nov. 26, 2010. - Provided courtesy of youtube.com/user/westdawg63

Maccabeats' Hanukkah song 'CandleLight' is YouTube hit

12/07/2010 by Corinne Heller

The Maccabeats, a Yeshiva University singing group, is enjoying success with a viral YouTube video of its Hanukkah song "Candlelight", sung to the tune of Taio Cruz's pop song "Dynamite".

More than 2.3 million people have watched the Maccabeats' video since it was posted in late November, ahead of the 8-day Jewish "Festival of Lights" holiday. The group, made up of 14 current and former students, recently gave a live performance on "The Early Show" on CBS in New York.

"We really didn't expect what happened," said Julian Horowitz, musical director of The Maccabeats, told the network. "We're still just recovering from the shell shock. We definitely want to make sure we continue to have fun and we continue to inspire others."

The group's name is a play on the Maccabees, who led a war more than 2,000 years ago against a king who forced the Jews to worship false gods. Their victory, which led the liberation of Jerusalem and rededication of the Temple, is celebrated in the Hanukkah holiday.

Check out the Maccabeats' performance of "Candlelight" on "The Early Show" below, as well as the song's lyrics.

I'll tell a tale
Of Maccabees in Israel
When the Greeks tried to assail
But it was all to no avail

The war went on and on and on
Until the mighty Greeks were gone

I flip my latkes in the air sometimes sayin ayy ohh spin the dreidel
Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights singin ayy oh, light the candles

We say al hanissim
Oh yea for all eight nights
Then we play dreidel
By the candlelight

And I told you once
Now I told you twice
Bout the miracle
Of the candlelight

They took the field
The rivals thought "are they for real?"
But those macabees they'd never yield
They charged ahead with sword and shield

The war went on and on and on
Until the mighty Greeks were gone

I flip my latkes in the air sometimes sayin ayy ohh spin the dreidel
Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights singin ayy oh, light the candles

We say maoz tzur
Oh yea for all eight nights
Then we play dreidel
By the candlelight

And I told you once
Now I told you twice
Bout the miracle
Of the candlelight

And the great menorah
For eight days it kept on burning
What a celebration
A great return to Torah learning

Cuz I can feel it
And Ay-ay-ay
Nes gadol, nes gadol (A large miracle, a large miracle)
Nes gadol hayah sham (A large miracle took place there)

I flip my latkes in the air sometimes sayin ayy ohh spin the dreidel
Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights singin ayy oh, light the candles

We say al hanissim (all the miracles)
Oh yea for all eight nights
Then we play dreidel
By the candlelight

And I told you once
Now I told you twice
Bout the miracle
Of the candlelight

Lyrics: David Block and Immanuel Shalev
(lyrics copyright David Block and Immanuel 2010)

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