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      ‘Maccabeats’ Unmask Purim Song

      The a capella Yeshiva Maccabeats group, which zoomed to fame with its first song for Chanukah, now unmasks a new performance for Purim.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 3/9/2011, 3:02 PM / Last Update: 3/9/2011, 3:25 PM

      The a capella Yeshiva Maccabeats group, which zoomed to fame with its “Candlelight” song for Chanukah, now unmasks a new performance for Purim

      The all-male group is made up of current and former students of New York City’s Yeshiva University and is committed to a philosophy of integrating traditional and secular wisdom. One of the band’s specialties is taking modern hits and “converting” them by giving them Jewish lyrics.

      The Maccabeats have performed at Madison Square Garden and at dozens of university campuses all across the United States, and they recently sang at the annual World Bnei Akiva annual conference in Israel

      Below are the lyrics of its new Purim song, written by David Block and Immanuel Shalev.

      Stand stand for a tale so grand
      Shushan is the place where it all began
      The hidden miracle

      One man, second in command
      Slay all the Jews was his wicked plan
      A scheme so miserable

      He chose a day for the disaster
      It’s ironic what came after
      He didn’t know a girl named Esther
      Would turn it upside down

      So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning
      It's right in front of you
      We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
      V'nahafoch hu (it was turned upside down)
      Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
      just come on and come on and raise your glass

      Esther became the queen
      Cuz’ G-d was pulling strings from behind the scenes
      She wore the royal crown

      Three days the Jews just prayed,
      Queen Esther risked her life went to save the day
      She took Haman down

      The streets were filled with celebration
      Everyone ate Hamantashen
      Jubilation for the nation
      Ken tihiyeh lanu… (So should it be for us)

      So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning
      It's right in front of you
      We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
      V'nahafoch hu
      Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
      Just come on and come on and raise your glass

      So get your costumes on
      Make noise and drown out Haman
      Don’t drink like a fool
      And remember and remember
      What the day’s about…

      So raise your glass if you see G-d in hidden places,
      He's right in front of you,
      We will never be never be anything but proud to tell our story
      V'nahafoch hu


      So raise your glass if you can see the hidden meaning,
      It's right in front of you,
      We will never be never be anything but proud to tell the story
      V'nahafoch hu
      Won’t you come on and come on and raise your glass
      just come on and come on and raise your glass…