This time of year, reminders about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are everywhere. But what about Sukkot, the holiday that falls right after? Not to be outdone by music videos about more major Jewish holidays, the Chicago-based, Hassidic folk-rock band Rogers Park came out with heir debut music video "Sukkah's Falling" just in time for the holiday. The clip was filmed and edited by Mendel Katz.
The song is a parody of the The Beatles "I've Just Seen A Face" and celebrates the holiday of Sukkot in a fun and fresh way. The funny and charming clip showcases all of the traditional themes of the holiday. From shaking the Lulav and Etrog, sitting and rejoicing in the Sukkah, to juggling myrtle branches as was done by the greatest sages of the Talmud close to two thousand years ago.
"With the incredible amount of videos and clips that have been put up to get people ready for Rosh Hashana and Hannukah, there have been virtually none celebrating Sukkot. This is a holiday that is, to some extent, largely overlooked in the social media world by many of the younger Jewish population." said Mordy Kurtz, singer for Rogers Park.
So the band teamed up with famous Hassidic comic Mendy Pellin (Jewbellish), who plays an eager campus Rabbi here, and put out this video as part of their work with Jewish student life on college campus. The goal -- to bring attention to, and create a buzz for this lesser known holiday amongst Jewish college students across the nation.
It seems to be a hit among its target audience. The video, released 2 days ago, has already reached over 7000 views on Youtube.
Rogers Park, consisting of the duo Mordy Kurtz and Yosef Peysin, was formed in 2011. They have recently been named Continuum Theatre's "Best Chicagoland Jewish Band 2014".