LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Adam Sandler once complained that there aren’t enough Hanukkah songs, so he made up one of his own.
Now, three young brothers from Fairfax Station seem to be following his lead, and making themselves mini-Internet stars in the process.
The Borenstein brothers (14-year-old Ben, 12-year-old Jake and 9-year-old Max) have been recording Hanukkah song parodies under the moniker “B-Boyz” every year since 2007.
This year’s creation, “Fight for Your Right to Dreidel,” has been viewed more than 200,000 times since the B-Boyz posted it on YouTube Nov. 21st.
Not bad for a parody of a Beastie Boys song that came out before any of these kids were born.
“Our dad had showed it to us and we always kind of liked it,” says Ben. “We’ve been doing many videos, so we kept it kind of in the back of our head.”
“The Beastie Boys are Jewish and they’re rappers, and that fits us because we’re Jewish, too,” says Max.
Dad gave the boys a little bit of help with the lyrics, but they say Jake wrote most of the words. They also enlisted about 20 of their friends to help provide the party atmosphere in the video.
The B-Boyz credit support from friends, their school and their temple, B’Nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, for the viral success of their videos, but they say they aren’t in it for the “money or the fame,” as Jake puts it.
“We’re in it so the whole community knows about Hanukkah,” says Jake.
They’ve also gotten worldwide recognition, with comments on their videos coming from as far away as the UK and Israel, they say.
As for whether they plan to make more videos for future Hanukkahs, the boys say they like to keep people guessing.
“Probably for, like, a year or two. I don’t know,” says Max.