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Purim's Greatest Videos

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Here we are just a couple of days before the Megillah reading, and we’re not joking when we say it’s slim pickings when it comes to good new Purim videos. Some of the best Hanukkah videos last December were posted right under the wire before the first candle was lit, so let’s hope this could mean there might yet be some top-notch Purim videos on their way before the last hamentaschen are eaten.

Here’s a sampling of what’s out there so far for Purim 5773:

Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, MI was first out of the gate back in January with this “Move Like Graggers” remix.

Jacquann and Luis are back in this Bubala Please “We Doin’ Purim Rap” video. “Learn the real story of Esther, Mordecai, Haman, and the King. It’s the whole megillah, bitches.” Needless to say, the language in this one is X-rated.

Purim and the Harlem Shake, the latest internet meme, are made for each other. Here are some examples from Israel: students at the Technion in Tel Aviv; and friends of some guy named Shooka Cohen on a basketball court somewhere in the country.

And while everyone else seems to have moved on the Harlem Shake, Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue is still doing PurimGangnam Style.

Gangnam Style is also the soundtrack to this video invitation to the Birthright Israel Alumni Purim party, starring Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff, who is having a difficult time deciding on a costume.

Enlighten yourself about the holiday with these “The Hidden Story of Queen Esther” videos from AlephBeta Academy.

The Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball players celebrated Purim a bit early with kids at the Dana Children’s Hospital and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in the Tel Aviv area.

And finally, here’s a reminder to drink responsibly this Purim from the folks at Wine Cave on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.


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