After 13 years, comedian and actor Adam Sandler has finally updated his popular “Chanukah Song,” which is considered an unofficial song for the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Sandler, 49, performed the fourth version of “The Chanukah Song” during the Judd Apatow & Friends event held at the New York Comedy Festival, which took place earlier this month.
The former Saturday Night Live star then recorded the first video of the song on a November 18 comedy show at the Civic Center in San Diego.
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“The Chanukah Song,” which was first sung by Sandler in 1994, is a song that features several personalities and celebrities who claim that they have full or partial Jewish heritage. It also had two other versions in 1999 and 2002, before the fourth iteration this year.
This year, some of the personalities included in the song are actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine, actress Scarlett Johansson, rapper Drake, actor Shia LaBeouf, porn star Ron Jeremy, wrestler Goldberg, and comedian Seth Rogen.
Sandler also mentioned other notable personalities, including film producer Scott Rudin, the “two guys who founded Google” Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, Rush vocalist Geddy Lee, Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first successful polio vaccine, football star David Beckham, and Loveline’s Dr. Drew Pinsky.
In addition, the 50 First Dates actor even included Ben & Jerry ice cream, whose founders, Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen, are both of Jewish descent. Sandler also did not fail to include some fictional film and television characters such as Olaf and Queen Elsa from Frozen, Princess Leia of Star Wars, Punky Brewster, and Harry Potter.
Adam Sandler then got cheeky with the lyrics when he included Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman recently sentenced on charges of child pornography and sex with minors, to the amusement of the crowd. He threw an expletive at the mention of Fogle’s first name and sang that he, too, is a Jew. As expected, Adam Sandler mentioned the most popular Jew who ever lived – Jesus.
In Sandler’s previous versions of his “The Chanukah Song,” some well-known personalities and celebrities who made it to his list include David Lee Roth, Harrison Ford, Ralph Lauren, Winona Ryder, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Dylan, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rob Schneider, David Blane, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Natalie Portman.
Sandler reportedly created the “The Chanukah Song” as a tribute to Jewish children who often feel alienated during the Christmas season. He dedicates the song to both real and fictional Jewish people in order to show his sympathy to their situation.
Instead of Christmas, the Jewish people have Chanukah, or Hanukkah, which means Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication.
It is an eight-day celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple. It was first celebrated in the second century B.C., when the Maccabean Jews were able to regain Jerusalem and rededicated the temple.
The celebration begins on the 25th day of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar, which occurs at any time around late November to late December on the more popular Gregorian calendar.
While Chanukah/Hanukkah has not been popular for centuries, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson called for awareness of the celebration in the 1970s.
In his song, Sandler claims that while Christians have their “one day of presents,” the Jews have “eight crazy nights.”
To end the song, Sandler called for Jewish people from “New York to Iran-ukah” to celebrate. “Don’t mess with us, oh Chanukah, let’s all get along for Chanukah.”
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