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The Maccabeats have done it again! Here’s their new Hanukkah song All About That Nais. That strange word is explained in the preface to the video.

The original song is a crude homage to womanly figures and I love that the gentlemen from Yeshiva have once again morphed a party song into a memorable holiday tune. I remain a huge fan of their original Hanukkah hit Candlelight and their other remakes like Burn and (Ellie Goulding) and Miracle (Matisyahu) as well as original songs like Shine.

Really, it’s The Maccabeats who brought Hanukkah songs to mainstream pop; before them, the only mainstream Hanukkah song I can think of was Adam Sandler’s, and that came out 20 years ago. Just today a coworker and I were singing along in emphatic Sandler-speak: Tell your friend Veronica… it’s time to celebrate Chanukah…

In a world where popular music consists largely of mediocre acts lauded for their “talent” because of how lewd or controversial they are, The Maccabeats are refreshing. Their music speaks of love, hope, and overcoming darkness. They’re a bunch of guys having a blast singing their hearts out and celebrating who they are in front of the world. While no one will ever give me a recording contract, it’s uplifting groups like this that encourage me to keep being a rock star in the privacy of my own vehicle.

As evidenced by current events all over the globe, antisemitism is cool again. I applaud The Maccabeats for being so open and positive about their heritage in the midst of this gathering darkness towards Israel and her people. They are ambassadors for a group that has been relentlessly persecuted for thousands of years, and their survival in itself is a miracle.

So, guys, when are you going to collaborate with Avi Kaplan, who recorded his own take on this song as an actual bass? Rumor has it he’s game…

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends (it begins next Tuesday), and we Christians should not forget that our own salvation, celebrated this December 25th, came in the form of a Jewish carpenter.

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The man just opened his mouth, which meant that all kinds of secret doors in his body gave way. He did not sing so much as let his soul free. -Ray Bradbury

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Planet Earth

Have you ever been so overwhelmed and besieged by a problem that if you could draw a picture of how you feel it would look like this?

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This short article about Coach Pete Carroll’s leadership style and practicing respect reflects something I’ve been saying for years: people should not be in leadership or management positions unless they can treat others with respect. (more…)

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On the bottom of my iced tea lid last year was a quote by the Lumberman’s Poet, Douglas Malloch. It said:

Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

Yesterday a friend reminded me of what trees need to go through to build their roots and wood fibers, and this quote immediately came to mind. He was saying that trees have to be allowed to face nature’s assaults to survive, and as Malloch said, so do people. It’s a good reminder of why we sometimes face adversity– it makes us stronger. The storms of life can be intended to build us, not break us. (more…)

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