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Video: Move Over, Adam Sandler: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch Has His Own Hannukah Song

Jeffrey Goldberg was tired of the ironic Hannukah songs written by Jews. So he called a Mormon senator for some earnest verses.
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Orrin Hatch, prominent member of the Church of Latter Day Saints (and co-sponsor of the failed anti-choice amendment to the Senate health-care bill), has a new video out -- just in time for Hannukah.

Egged on by Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, Hatch penned the lyrics to a new Hannukah song that was recorded by the Syrian-American artist, Rasheeda Azar, with Hatch joining in on the chorus. Goldberg writes in the Tablet:

His lyrics are not postmodern or cynical, which is a blessing, because I for one have tired of the Adam Sandlerization of Judaism in America. Yes, we are, as a people, funny (at least when compared to other people, such as Croatians) but our neuroses, well-earned though they may be, have caused us to lacerate our own traditions, which are in fact (to borrow from Barack Obama) awesome. The story of Hanukkah is a good case in point -- maybe the perfect one.

The video for Hatch's "Eight Days of Hannukah," co-written with Madeline Stone, culls footage from the recording session. At one point, Hatch is shown fishing around under his shirt, at last revealing through the button placket of his gleaming white shirt a gold mezuzah on a chain.

VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP (HAT-TIP TO MIKE ROGERS)
Adele M. Stan is AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.
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