Monday, March 22, 2010

Maccabeats Album Release Concert!

A quick public service announcement:

Join the Yeshiva University Maccabeats in Lamport Auditorium for a

FREE CONCERT celebrating the release of their debut album:

"Voices from the Heights."

***Be the first to buy their new CD!***

The concert starts at 10:15 pm on Tuesday, March 23rd

(Buses from Beren will be available)

FOOD will be served!

This concert is tomorrow night/tonight (depending on when you're reading this. I've had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of the album - it's FANTASTIC and will definitely be the #1 A Cappella CD this upcoming Sefiras HaOmer. Don't miss out on this great event - the concert is free, and I think the album will be slightly discounted (but don't hold me to that if it isn't).


  1. You heard it already? Too lucky! Tomorrow night is sure to be a hit, it's too bad I'm gonna miss it. :(

  2. Get the album ASAP then, you won't regret it!

  3. Inspired by your enthusiasm for the group, I checked out their Aleinu (from the Music tab on their site). I noticed that they omit:

    שלא עשנו כגויי הארצות ולא שמנו כמשפחות האדמה
    שלא שם חלקינו כהם וגורלינו ככל המונם
    שהם משתחוים להבל וריק ומתפללים אל אל לא יושיע

    Is this for musical reasons, or ecumenical considerations?

  4. Yitzhak-

    The song is orginally sung by "Yehuda!" on his CD and the Maccabeats sing it Acapella.

    I think that Yehuda! did not include those lines for musical reasons, the same way many Jewish songs consist of one posuk from the beginning of a mizmor of Tehillim, and then a second posuk from later on in that perek.

    Can't wait for the maccabeats CD!

  5. SternGrad is correct. There are very few Jewish music songs that include the entirety of any parsha/tefilla. They all pick and choose for emphasis, flow, or whatever.

    As a side point, based on my semi-extensive knowledge of popular Jewish music, I can only think of one singer who actually has those words in their rendition of Aleinu - and that's Naftali Abramson on his first album "Todah." It's been out of print for a while, but you can hear it on his myspace page:


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