All About That Neis – Hanukkah 2014


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Each year for the past four years, we’ve been honored and humbled by the emails, Facebook posts, and YouTube comments from fans describing how our music and videos help them celebrate Hanukkah.

Indeed, the Hanukkah video has almost taken its place alongside menorah, dreidel, and latkes as an annual holiday ritual; each Hanukkah sees different groups and organizations attempt to best the previous years’ offerings by debuting increasingly more dynamic, professional, and exciting Hanukkah videos. We like to think that part of the blame for this trend lies with us, and to the extent that Hanukkah is more popularly observed and appreciated, we welcome this development.

Hanukkah is always, as it should be, a great time to have a great time. It’s arguably the most delicious of the Jewish holidays. There’s a very visible, public element to Hanukkah (“pirsumei nisa” in the traditional sources) which has become part of the popular culture. And it certainly helps that the Hanukkah narrative has all the elements of our modern Hollywood blockbusters: a victorious underdog, intense political drama, and a last-minute day-saving supernatural miracle.

But why do we eat those foods? Why do we light those candles? Why do we tell this story, reminiscent of a Ridley Scott movie? In the words of this year’s song, a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”: faith, family, freedom we celebrate for eight nights. 

Our song’s chorus carries a double meaning. “All About That Neis, No Oil” reflects the miracle of insufficient oil lasting for eight nights, but it also speaks to the core of the holiday - how it’s about the story and message of the neis (miracle) much more than it’s about eating oily foods.

We hope you enjoy this year’s video, and that you’ll grab the track on iTunes or CDBaby!

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  1. Comment by KINNERET on December 15, 2014 at 11:22 am


  2. Comment by Sara... a fan on December 16, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I’ve noticed that one of you is singing standing next to an electric car charger in a parking garage. Drive electric, use no oi! A modern-day miracle is happening?

  3. Comment by zahavah on December 17, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Your music and videos are wonderful. I have enjoyed sharing them with my daughter as she has grown up and they have added much to her “identity” as a Jewish girl. I want to also thank you all for the effort you have put into the music and videos because I am a teacher in a non-jewish school. Each year, for the last week before “Winter Break” I have a tradition where the children decorate the classroom for every holiday that celebrates with lights. I am usually responsible for decorating the “Hannukah” section and your music and videos are played for all the kids. Everyone of them, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, everyone single one LOVES your music and can’t wait for the chance to hear it each year. Thank you for making something with clean lyrics and a positive message- all without sacrificing the musical content!!

  4. Comment by Donna Vaux on December 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE how you lift up G-d and honor faith in telling (singing) the story always of G-d! Thank you!!

  5. Comment by sinai L.G on January 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    you are so creative!! hope you come to Mexico!! :)

  6. Comment by Jamie C. on June 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I think the creative compilation of the shots have only increased, and by far this is the best yet. Kudos to Uri for the great shots, lead ins and layouts. Love it! Transitions are very smooth and current . Love seeing What you come up with each year. Blessings!

  7. Comment by T on November 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I want to have my students sing your song, All About That Neis, for our holiday show. Where can I find the lyrics?
    Thank you!

  8. Comment by Leah on November 21, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I guess I’m a year behind on your Hanukkah songs but My daughter and I are absolutely beyond upset that this isn’t available on iTunes or anywhere to download or have a CD of any more. Can you help?


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