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Aish Chanukah video promotes assimilation

Theres been a lot of talk about the newest kiruv indoctrination video from, Aish Hatorah. The pricey video portrays a bunch of yeshivishized BT’s dancing to various theme songs like Born to Be Wild, Staying Alive and Can’t Touch This with clever Jewish lyrics about Chanukah. Quite frankly, the video rocks and if I were into dudes I’d be wasting copious amounts of seed to these young buff dudes gyrating around in an unztnius manner. Nevertheless the video is a Chanukah video and the point of Chanukah is that we survived the Greeks and their forced assimilation, but the video just seems to be saying that we are assimilated and lost the fight. Then again, if you have to use goyishe tactics to make kids frum, some people may say it’s a good thing and give them a heter kiruv.

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  • Dan December 13, 2011, 1:32 PM

    I’m not too impressed with the 4torah link on this one, given the potential.
    (Seriously, those red aprons?)

    How about, Find more gay yeshiva videos on 4torah

  • Anonymous December 13, 2011, 1:43 PM

    You do realize that they are all professional dancers and not in yeshiva.

  • Raphael December 13, 2011, 1:50 PM

    Glad to see the Yeshiva World is so accepting of The Gays now!

  • Samael December 13, 2011, 2:53 PM

    In some ways, this works for Hanukkah – I mean, the Maccabees/Hasmoneans were fine with Hellenism (Greek culture), they just didn’t like religious assimilation. They probably would’ve said, listen to whatever music you like, just don’t reverse your circumcision. They were, if you’ll pardon the anachronism, pretty modernish.

  • Yaffa December 13, 2011, 3:27 PM

    If only all Jewish men could dance like that…..

  • Critic December 13, 2011, 5:18 PM

    After watching this for a second time I came to the following conclusions.
    From a musical and poetic perspective it deserves winning a Grammy award.It’s an “Ode to Joy” ala Beethoven and Schiller and is a cornerstone in the great line of western musical tradition.A sublime outpouring of musical magnificence that will take it’s place in the pantheon of mankind’s greatest moments.
    From a spiritual perspective it’s a mystical experience par excellance and propels one to the highest realms of the Spherois as propounded by the Kabbalistic masters. It reminds me of the dances of the the Islamic mystical sect known as the Suffis.In a word “magnificent”. Seriously!?!?!?

    • Critic December 13, 2011, 8:20 PM

      For some reason whenever I post a comment I am told that “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Am I the only one that is treated with such “deference”.I’m beginning to develop some sort of complex.

  • Frum From Bathurst December 13, 2011, 5:24 PM

    You know what’s funny? How when I posted this on my Facebook page and people were offended. Sarcasm must be a foreign language to some folk. (#jews taking themselves way too serious).

  • baal teshuv-ish December 13, 2011, 6:18 PM

    Is it just me or is there a big story one would expect to make it onto this blog?

  • Telz Angel December 13, 2011, 6:22 PM

    Most disappointed in Lenny Solomon for the pathetic lyrics. Sorry dude, I usually think you know what you are doing. This must have been a rush job.

    The gay yeshivish guys however were fantastic. It reminded me of Telz.

  • adam zur December 14, 2011, 2:21 AM

    there are so many worse cults out there it is hard for me to be critical of aish. after all they do learn gemara ! sure i don’t like the lying and deception but what cult does not use lying and deception to get recruits.

  • Avrumy December 14, 2011, 8:58 AM

    These guys are even cuter than the Maccabeats.
    (I don’t care that they are not really yeshiva boyz.)

  • zach December 14, 2011, 2:28 PM

    OK, I admit it, as much as I dislike Aish this was really well done. Great take offs on rock/pop tunes (although the words could use a little work.) BUT, as with other videos of this ilk, Aish is deceptive in its presentation (these are NOT yesivah bochurs) and in its message: the Maccabees were actually freakin’ fundies that would kill folks that didn’t abide by their religious standards, forcibly converted others, and – many would claim – were ultimately responsible for the events that led to the destruction of the Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish people.

    • Samael December 14, 2011, 5:17 PM

      That’s a bit of an overstatement, no? The Hasmoneans weren’t religious fundamentalists – they were completely okay with Hellenism as long as it didn’t cross the line into pagan worship. True, they certainly were intolerant of the latter, but the fully assimilated Jews didn’t treat the traditionalists so well, either. Furthermore, it’s not entirely fair to pin the destruction and exile on them. They may have invited the Romans in, but they were long gone by the time the rebellion which led to the destruction of the Temple happened. Although you’re right about forced conversions – it happened only once, with John Hyrcanus I and the Idumeans as I recall, but it definitely wasn’t cool.

  • ANP December 17, 2011, 3:24 PM


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