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The Maccabeats Vs. Shalom Sesame

Who does the worst Passover-Les Misérables homage?

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It’s that time of year again. While our stomachs are soon to be deprived of carbo-nourishment, our minds are already being fed Kosher for Passover pablum.

My e-mail box is a’jam with the YouTube fruit of the season and, in these videos, you can see that the Les Misérables movie is suffusing from the bold of the big screen to each of the small screens in our lives. But at what cost?!

First, an e-mailer from Los Angeles sent me this Shalom Sesame jam, which is based on the Les Miz. song “Master of the House” and is called “Les Matzarables.” It seems like this is a few years old and has had more than its share of viewers, but judge for yourself.

Next up, we have the Maccabeats, who have a much longer offering in the form of a Les Miz medley about Passover. There is some acting, some harmony, and some other stuff going that defies description. I know the ‘Beats are beloved by some, so like the Les Misérables movie, it’s up to you to decide if you’re ready to challenge the purity of both the musical and the holiday by watching this. I made it a minute.

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marjorie says:

bwahaha. i will watch both if you pay me in chocolate covered matzah with dried cherries. otherwise, NOT HAPPENING.

Wadi_Ara says:

These are all AWFUL. The clip from the Israel Embassy is waaay beyond terrible!!! I’m sure it’s hazardous to watch them!

I agree with you on Shalom Sesame, but the Maccabeats one was actually pretty good. (It did miss an obvious opportunity toward the end; I would have changed “do you hear the people sing” in the One Day More bit to “will you let my people go” and then rewritten the entire last bit to be more on-theme. But overall…)


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