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Hanukkah: The Festival of Pop Parodies

Watch me spin my drey-drey

Hannah Vaitsblit
December 03, 2015

Now that Hanukkah Parody Season has officially begun, Jewish a capella group Six13 has jumped on board—the Billboard 100, that is—with their new Hanukkah-themed masterpiece.

On Tuesday, the group released a parody mashup of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” appropriately titled “Watch Me (Spin/Drey-Drey).” The video is a little more family friendly than the originals and a definite upgrade to last year’s TSwift parody.

Adele may have robbed Drake of his No. 1 spot on the charts, but Six13’s holiday video certainly tops Ari Blau’s judaicized rendition of “Hello.” So, Drake wins anyway, because, like, “Al Hanissim we will sing / For those miracles that God did bring,” as Six13 raps.

But if tweenage pop is more your speed, what’s better than Jewish boy bands in Hanukkah onesies and fully-body dreidel suits parodying the studs of One Direction? Answer: nothing. The boys of 1D may be parting ways for the time being, but the bachurs of Six13, A.K.A. Pella, and the Y Studs, are just beginning an “epic” tradition: This year, all three a capella groups have joined musician Erez Cohen in “A One Direction Hanukkah.” Together they sing: “If you like lightin’ candles singing Maoz Tzur / if you like eatin’ latkes playin’ dreidel too’ / if you just like gettin’ presents that can fill up your room, this holiday’s perfect for you.” And so is this song.

Hannah Vaitsblit is an intern at Tablet.