This Chanukah, May the Farce Be With Us



A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (or, rather, Dec. 13, in the state of New York), the YouTube channel “Six13Sings” released to an unsuspecting planet their new video: “Six13 – A Star Wars Chanukah.” Comprised of a series of a cappella musical numbers, the video draws a direct, unquestionable, and deadly serious connection between the story of Chanukah and that of the George Lucas space epic.

Commencing with the traditional opening crawl, six ghostly, disembodied heads begin singing the associated John Williams theme in Hebrew. The crawl text informs the viewer that “It is a dark time for the Jewish People. The land of Israel has been overrun by the Greeks” (presumably not the Zorba dancing variety). “The Evil emperor ANTIOCHUS has banned all Torah learning, and his army has desecrated the Temple.”

Thankfully, viewers are informed, a small, plucky band of Jewish rebels, led by Judah Maccabee (Jedi Maccabee?), “are planning a final rebellion to take back their land and restore freedom to their people.”

Next, the heads, now embodied and wearing both kippahs and the type of robes made fashionable by Yoda and Obi Wan, secretly read Torah and play dreidel in a Mos Eisley-style cantina, all while evading the watchful eye of a masked Lord Vader.

The video climaxes in an epic battle song. Sung to the tune of Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” from “The Phantom Menace” (arguably the one positive note to emerge from that film), three Jedi face off against a trio of Sith to determine, once and for all, the one true Chanukah edible: latkes, or sufganiyah (jelly donuts). At one point, a Jedi armed with a glowing-green pair of lightsaber-tongs fights an epic struggle against a Sith wielding the deadliest weapon in his formidable arsenal: a red, lightsaber frying pan.

The video concludes with an homage to the award ceremony at the end of “A New Hope.” The victorious Jewish Jedi proceed to the bima of a congregation’s synagogue, with a large menorah and Princess Leia waiting for them. The Princess is attired in her white dress from the 1977 film, with a pair of challah rolls substituting for Leia’s trademark hairdo. No sooner does she come on screen, of course, then she removes the left roll from her head and proceeds to devour it.

A goateed Jedi then lights the menorah with a shining blue lightsaber, and the audience is wished “CHAG SAMEACH.” With Chanukah commencing Dec. 22, and “The Rise of Skywalker” being released to the public three days earlier on the 19th, now may be the best time there is to celebrate both Jewish culture and space-fantasy pop culture.


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