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"It's a fun, lively way to retell the story of Passover," Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith said.

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    Courtesy of Aish.com

    There are many Uptown Funk parodies. A website called GeekDad even listed 10 of them.

    But what didn't get notice (and should!) is a Passover-themed Bruno Mars parody released by the Jerusalem-based Aish.com site, that begins, "Pesach, Four cups cold, Holy Moses, Egyptian gold."

    Passover begins Friday at sundown.

    A dancer from theTel Aviv-based Street Art Productions troupe, break dances to a Passover Funk parody.
    Photo credit: Aish.com

    Since the real Uptown Funk was such a hit, Aish.com's Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith and his colleagues decided to play off the song, Passover-style. "It's a fun, lively way to retell the story of Passover," Coopersmith said in an email from Israel.

    The nearly three-minute video features Israeli men (yes, all men) in yarmulkes, eating a ritual meal at the Passover seder, having some fun with the 10 plagues that befell Egypt and a bunch of break dancing by the groups called the Lions of Zion Crew and Street Art Production, led by Dvir Rozen.

    "Fill my cup with Maneschewitz," are some of the lyrics that Israeli dancers from Street Art Production perform during the Passover Funk parody.
    Photo credit: Aish.com

    Many of the dancers wear gold chains and sunglasses in addition to the traditional, ritual tzitzit, specially knotted fringes worn by observant Jews. dangling from underneath their shirts. Coopersmith said that while the dancers in Tel Aviv are all Jewish, they're not all Orthodox. "We just dressed them up," he said, noting that he does actually know Orthodox Jews who do know how to break dance.

    Aish.com, which launched in 2000, calls itself the "leading Jewish content website," logging over one million monthly user sessions. Make sure to check out Aish.com's newest Passover video, The Adele/Bieber Passover Mashup.

    To read all the lyrics of the song:

    Pesach

    Four cups cold

    Holy Moses

    Egyptian gold

     

    This one, for family

    The hagada

    Straight masterpiece

    Matzah, marror

    Eatin’ it up at the Seder

    Got Kittel on with Saint Laurent

    Save the Afikoman for later

     

    Now comes blood, all red!

    Called for Moses

    He’s a Magician

    Frogs, lice, on head!

    Wild beasts and hail I said

    It’s so dark, where's Fred!

    Let us go, Pharaoh got no cred

    Firstborn, he's dead!

     

    Say Hebrews, let’s start running.

    Break it down

     

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    Passover night and we are living it up

    Fill it up the Four cups

     

    Matzah crumblin’ up

    Chametz burned it all up

    Afikoman's wrapped up

    Don't be slaves, just rise up

    Pesach funk is what's up

    Hey, hey, hey, oi!

     

    Stop

    Wait a minute

    Fill my cup with the Maneschewitz

    Take a sip, lean your chest

    Yankele! Get the stretch!

    Say four questions, the four sons, four cups, not too many

    and we thank God for freedom

    headin’ to our land of milk n’ honey

     

    Freedom! Oh man

    Gonna live my life the best way I can

    Freedom! We can

    Make the Jew in you to a hero man

    Freedom! I am…

    Say goodbye to those shackles and

    Freedom! Hot sand!

    More matzah in your tummy

    Break it down

     

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    Jews wrote the hallelujah

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    ‘Cause Pesach Funk gon’ give it to you

    Passover night and we are living it up

    Fill it up the Four cups

     

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