Classic Jewish Wedding Songs were just Transformed by the Lion King

by Leah Rosenberg

There are many unique things about a Jewish wedding. And what this Jewish acapella band just did made things even more unique.

Songs at a Jewish Wedding

There are many special customs that take place at a Jewish wedding. From the songs to the rituals to the prayers, it is really a beautiful event.

Each wedding is unique as the bride and the groom and their families pick the band and the tunes. Some people use more traditional tunes for the various songs played, and some people like to do something a little different. And this version of some of the classic songs sang is definitely unique. Who doesn’t love the Lion King?

What the Band had in Mind

This Jewish acapella band had a goal when making this music video. At the bottom of the YouTube video, they said: “We hope you find this video as exciting and uplifting as we do! Simcha Tamkin, one of the original members of Rabotai, recently got married and commissioned us to make this song for his Chuppa! We are releasing the music video in the wake of Shavuot, the ultimate wedding between Hashem and Am Yisrael. As we say, one simcha leads to another, and we were fortunately able to make this video one that celebrates Rabotai weddings—past, present, and future!! During the challenging period we are facing today, we hope this clip brings joy not only to the couples in the video, but to all of us as a whole. We also hope that this video can serve as a reminder that no matter what life throws at us, we can stay strong and united, always finding reasons for more smachot and celebrations.”

The translation of the lyrics:

Song sung as the groom approaches the chuppa, according to the Ashkenazi tradition in the diaspora:
Blessed welcome! He who is more powerful than all, He who blessed above all, He who is greater than all, He who is distinguished above all, He shall bless the groom and the bride.

Song from the seventh blessing said under the chuppa:
Hurriedly, Hashem our God, may there yet be heard in the cities of Judea and in the courtyards Jerusalem, the sound of rejoicing, the sound of happiness, the voice of a groom and the voice of a bride—the sound of their joyful cries from their chuppa—and that of the young from their musical feasts.

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