Now online: A Hanukkah-themed parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton performed for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the Dec. 14 White House Hanukkah Party by the Jewish a cappella group Six13.
The medley explains how Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem that had been defiled by some Hellenistic kings after the Maccabean Revolt (see 1 Maccabees 4:36-59). According to this account, Judah Maccabee and his followers built a new altar and dedicated it on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev in 165 B.C.
Sample lyrics from the spoof of the musical’s opening number “Alexander Hamilton”:
Watch the full song below.
In 2016, the holiday starts the evening of Dec. 24 and ends the evening of Jan. 1, 2017.