At 7pm central time tonight, VH-1 will kick of their observance of Rosh Hashanah – commonly known as the beginning of the Jewish new year (though there’s much more to it than that) – by airing 24 hours of Rush videos and concert footage in a celebration they’ve dubbed “Rush Hashanah.”
At first this seemed somewhat cringe-worthy, but it turns out that lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee is, in fact, Jewish. Geddy Lee, born Gary Lee Weinrib, is the son of Holocaust survivors from Poland. (I wonder if they’d have run with this idea if he wasn’t.)
It probably wouldn’t matter, because practicing Jews will not be able to watch any of the broadcast, due to the tenets of the holiday.
So, to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah (or even Rush Hashanah), mazel tov. Here’s a live clip of “Tom Sawyer,” one of Rush’s most notable songs…