Maccabeatle Mania: I Know What Jews Like
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Maccabeatle Mania: I Know What Jews Like

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Girls know what boys like (the great song by The Waitresses about being shomrei negiya).

But did you know so many girls like the Maccabeats?

Back in 2007, when Michael Greenberg and Julian Horowitz founded this now red-hot group as freshmen in YU, could they have ever imagined that the Maccabeatles would stir the midnight dreams of not only girls and women from the yeshiva high schools, Israeli seminaries and Stern, but from non-Orthodox women, too?

Gaby Dunn, a blogger who clearly is from the non-Orthodox world, with her Conservative temple youth references to Ramah and USY dances, writes, "Listen, I went to a secular hedonistic homo-loving feel-goodery for college. I dated an Irish Catholic who I lived with IN SIN for two years. Turkey and cheese sandwiches complete me. But I have to admit it. These Yeshiva University boys singing about Chanukkah are literally everything I want in a man.

"I have resisted this type of guy for a long, long time. But I think there’s some kind of insane, innate switch in a Jewish girl’s bosom that, no matter how much she wants to rebel and date people who are different than her and experience the world or whatever, makes her turn to absolute mush around a dude with dark eyebrows and a yarmulke. This Maccabeats acapella group is like porn for girls with Adam Brody fetishes."

By the way, here’s my tip to the Maccabeats for their next parody: "I Know What Girls Like."

One last point on why the Maccabeats are so popular. In an era when so many young Jews are whining and dishing out alibis about why they can’t support Israel because of the ADL or AIPAC or this Israeli policy or that (as if these people ever supported Israel in a big way when Israel was led by Oslo-loving prime ministers); at a time when young assimilated Jews are kvetching that synagogues don’t do enough to appease them and cater to their every flaw, even though too many synagogues have done little except appease the seemingly endless complaints of the detached — with mostly empty pews and dumbed down services to show for it; at a time when too many Jews, in their narcissistic splendor, detach themselves from the Jewish People; the Maccabeats strike me as Kennedy Jews: "Ask not what the Jewish People can do for you, ask what you can do for the Jewish People."

I know it has nothing to do with their music but a musician’s appeal or a group’s appeal always had something to do with their attitude The Maccabeat guys are real Jews in the best sense. It’s the essence of their identity. They’re happy and confident about being Jewish. To interview them is to discover that they’re cerebral, soulful, and now it turns out that they’re sexy, too. That’s but a small reason of why real Jews — inside and outside of Orthodoxy — like them.

I know what Jews like.

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