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Which Came First: Bat Mitzvahs or The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”


Which was more impactful: Moses parting the Red Sea and leading Jewish people out of slavery, or the line “Fill up my cup, mazel tov!” 


12 years after the release of the hit song played when sweaty preteens grind in front of their grandparents, Judaism Scholar and Black Eyed Peas Stan Jenny Silber has uncovered new evidence that points to some historical findings.  


“I’ve always been of the opinion that Fergie and her band of lovable misfits were really the first people to put Judaism on the map,” Silber observes. “ shouts ‘l’chaim’ and people are finally talking about us.” 


Now, while we can’t be sure whether the Jewish religion, previously assumed to date back to 4,000 years, was indeed founded in 2008, not 3000 and late, but we have our top scholars on the case. Yes, there is certain “evidence” of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs occurring before the release of this song, but if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, did it even happen? 


In Hebrew, the word “Dayenu” roughly translates to “It would have been enough”. When Moses parted the Red Sea and led the Jewish people out of slavery, it would have been enough. When He gave us the Torah and brought us to the land of Israel, it would have been enough. But honestly, maybe it wasn’t enough. Maybe, Dayenu is following along to underpaid motivational dancers as you hop along in one place with your fist raised shouting the lyrics “Party every day, p-p-p Party every day, p-p-p,” 20 times over. 


Therefore, when your little Adam or sweet Rebecca becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah this year, remember: it’s not about the party. It’s not about the candy/Broadway/sports/nightclub theme. It’s not about checking with the caterers to make sure they have a gluten-free chicken tender option for that one nerd your child insisted on inviting. But, it’s also not about “family” or becoming an adult in the eyes of G-d either. It’s about celebrating one of the best-made party songs ever created.


So, what did come first- Bat Mitzvahs or The Black Eyed Peas hit song “I Gotta Feeling”? Well, to quote Adam when he got thrown out of the Garden of Eden when Eve succumbed to the serpent’s temptation- “You won this round, Fergie.”

By: Mary Fiala and Jenny Silber

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