Holidays in Cyberspace
On this, the third day of Chanukkah 5769, it’s about time to look at what the Internet has done to religion, and especially the holidays. At this time of the year, one is inundated with electronic greeting cards and invitations to partake of latkes and sufganiot in the light of the chanukkiah, but there’s also a rising tide of Chanukkah songs filling one’s inbox. I’ll just give two examples. The first one is this cute, albeit extremely annoying, singing chanukkiah. The second one is Adam Sandler’s classical Chanukkah song from Saturday Night Live, a veritable who’s-who of American Jewry.
This is obviously not a phenomenon that’s isolated to Chanukkah. There are plenty of songs going around the internet related to other holidays. This cover of a popular rap tune, for instance, asks a highly relevant question related to Passover. Rosh Ha-Shanah is the time for sweet and sentimental New Year’s greetings, but also for more innovative takes on well-wishing. One good example is this clip. Admittedly, it’s been doing the rounds on the net for a few years already, but its wishes for booze, easy money and even easier women instead of the standard health, happiness and bliss is always refreshing.
But one shouldn’t be too self-centered. After all, today is also Christmas Eve, so in the spirit of the brotherhood of Man, let’s end with two gems of inter-faith dialogue in the form of cyber music. Chag Urim Sameach, and Merry Christmas.