It’s no Adam Sandler, but Hasidic reggae musician, Matisyahu released a special song for this holiday season. It even includes a vague lesson in the history of the holiday in the video. On NPR’s All Things Considered today, Matisyahu described the relationship between his faith and reggae, why he loves Hanukkah so much, and played an acoustic version of the song. He also wrote a special essay in which he attempts to tackle the question, “Where is all the Hanukkah music in popular culture?” From his essay:
…the real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)” were all written by Jews.”
Matisyahu is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s already sold out. Guess you’ll just have to light the menorah, fry up some latkes, and watch the video.