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KU grad releases rap video for Rosh Hashanah

Matt Rissien, formerly of Overland Park, has released another rap video about the Jewish holidays.
Matt Rissien, formerly of Overland Park, has released another rap video about the Jewish holidays. YouTube

This music video comes with a warning: Listen to it just once and you’ll be rapping about Rosh Hashanah all day.

Former Overland Park resident Matt Rissien graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a degree in religious studies and a concentration in Judaic studies.

In July 2012 he took a job as director of youth activities at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, Ill., where he works to keep teens engaged in their faith, according to KU Hillel.

One way to do it? Make original rap videos about Jewish holidays.

He released his first one last year – “Purim Rap: A Jewish Thrift Shop Parody,” based on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song, “Thrift Shop.”

Rissien posted a new video last week called “All About That Rosh-Hashanah,” his a cappella parody of the Meghan Trainor hit, “All About that Bass.”

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Wednesday.

In interviews Rissien has said that his biggest passion “is my Judaism.” But notice what he wears when he sings.

The man clearly loves his Jayhawks (and KC sports teams), too.

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