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When I was growing up, I always looked forward to my familyâs Passover seders. One of my favorite parts of the seder was the songsâand not just the songs that were in the haggadah, like âDayenu,â âChad Gadyaâ and âWho Knows One?â Â I also loved the silly song parodies weâd sing each year at our seder based on (somewhat) modern songs, like âTake Me Out to the Sederâ sung to the tune of âTake Me Out to the Ballgame,â âThereâs No Seder Like Our Sederâ sung to the tune of âThereâs No Business Like Show Business,â and âThe Ballad of the Four Sonsâ sung to the tune of âClementine.âÂ (You can click here to find the words to these songs and others.)
As corny as these all seem to me now, I can still remember how clever I thought they were when I was youngâand how they didnât cease to amuse me each year.
In recent days, with Passover approaching, some of my friends have posted Passover parodies of pop songs on Facebook, and theyâve reminded me of those parodies we used to sing at our seder when I was young. So, for fun, I thought Iâd compile a list of my favorite Passover song parodies. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Although Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez probably didnât realize it when they composed the song âLet it Goâ for the movie Frozen, they had written the perfect phrase to be parodied as a Passover song.Â And it was parodiedâendlesslyâin 2014. One of the better videos, in my opinion, was âLet Us Go,â made by members of Congregation Bânai Shalom in Westborough, MA.
2. But my favorite Frozen parody by far was Six13âs âChozen (A Passover Tribute).â It even included an introduction with John Travolta flubbing the name of the group, just as he had mispronounced Idina Menzelâs name when introducing her to sing âLet it Goâ at the Oscars.
3. Just as 2014 was the year of the âLet it Goâ Passover parody, 2015 was the year of the âUptown Funkâ Passover parody. Aish HaTorahâs âPassover Funkâ was a great parody of the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit song.
4. But again, my favorite version of 2015âs most-parodied song for Passover was by Six13. Their âUptown Passover (An âUptown Funk for Pesach)â put them at the top of my Passover song parody list for the second year in a row.
5. Following up on the success of their 2014 âLet Us Go,â members of Congregation Bânai Shalom in Westborough, MA, did a great job parodying Meghan Trainorâs âAll About That Bassâ in their 2015 âAll About Those Plagues.â Having noted in a blog that I wrote this past December that most Hanukkah pop song parodies that I liked were by all-male groups and that I hoped to see more women and girls coming out with some awesome parodies, I love that the Bânai Shalom videos feature more than just young men. I can relate to the woman who wrote on YouTube about âAll About Those Plaguesâ: âI must congratulate you. I’m so tired of these all-male Orthodox groups having a near-monopoly on Jewish holiday videosâŚ [This video] features a wide diversity of ages, genders and even races. That’s what Judaism is about…â
6. Felicia Sloinâs Video âBatyaâFloating in The Reedsâ is a fun parody of Adeleâs âRolling In The Deep.â And again, it was nice to watch a video featuring a woman.
7.Â And finally, hereâs another video featuring a woman, this one a funny take on the foods that can and canât be eaten on Passover: Julie Gellerâs âU Can’t Eat This,â a parody of MC Hammerâs âU Can’t Touch Thisâ that you donât want to miss.
With Passover less than a month away, Iâm disappointed that I still havenât seen any good 2016 Passover pop song parodies. Maybe the Maccabeats (famous for their âCandlelightâ parody of Taio Cruzâs âDynamiteâ and many other songs) will release a video before Passover. I can hopeâŚ and if they donât, Iâll just have to watch âU Canât Eat Thisâ a few more timesâŚ or break out signing âTake Me Out to the Seder.â
Whatâs your favorite Passover song parody?