The Maccabeats: Good Jewish Boys Can Be Sexy, Too

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About Gaby Dunn

Gaby Dunn is a writer, journalist and comedian in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Magazine and on Salon, Jezebel and Thought Catalog. Her web project,, was named the Best Blog on Tumblr by the Village Voice in 2010.


  1. Tom Matlack says:

    Great video and article. I find the idea that men don’t touch women except during marriage fascinating. Reminds me of a Sting modelled Tantra sex methodology. Also the idea that heritage and in fact religion are sexy is refreshing from a guy’s perspective.

  2. Well researched, well said.

  3. I am an orthodox jewish girl and I have to say that no matter your religion or level of “religiousity” it will always be flattering to be thought of as attractive or sexy. And i do know one of the maccabeats. I am pretty sure he is thrilled to be idolized in a sexual way… he is a guy after all!

  4. I’m not the least bit religious/observant, but after spending two and a half months in Har Nof (right outside of Jerusalem) at seminary I realized that Jew boys are incredibly sexy. Sometimes I wish I was more observant for a chance with them. Many of them have such a strong sense of themselves and their beliefs and that’s what makes them sexy, not their muscles (although brains and brawn together is sexier ( sometimes it happens)). I need to get back to Jerusalem ASAP! :) I was like a kid in a kosher candy store. ;)

  5. Mervyn Kaufman says:

    Reading this excellent piece brings to mind sitting on a Brooklyn-bound subway well before sundown on a Friday (pre-sabbath) afternoon. At one particular midtown stop, several men wearing payiss, tall hats and long black coats boarded and sat. They invariably had either steel-rimmed or rimless glasses and pale skin, as though they never saw the sun. They spoke to no one, not even to each other, as the train took them—very likely—to the Borough Park section, which is predominantly Orthodox. It amused me to think about it, but each of these men were probably younger than they appeared and all had probably fathered several children. “Somebody must be finding them sexy,” I said to myself. It takes all kinds. Or as my mother was prone to say, in another context, of course, “There’s a pot for every lid!”

  6. The website you refer to is kind of a joke among educated, tolerant people. If that’s where you’re finding your critics, Gaby, I think you’re fine.

  7. As an orthodox jewish man, I can attest to this. Most of us spend most of our time with other orthodox jews, where the uniqueness of being shomer negiah can be muted, but when I was in college (at Yeshiva U), I spent a semester abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, amongst mostly non-orthodox jews. I’m average looking, at best, but I suddenly found myself surrounded by women who wanted to date me, and it was clearly because I was orthodox and shomer negiah (they were not).
    the irony of it all was that, as a 21 year old, here I was dating all these women who would gladly have allowed a physical relationship (unlike the women I dated back in new york, who were all orthodox, too), and I was so sorely tempted to take advantage of this, but I couldn’t, if for no other reason than it would have shattered the mystique that made me attractive in the first place. Bottom line – it was awesome knowing that my orthodoxy made me sexy, but it was torture, too.

  8. Very interesting article. Trust me, it’s not just women that find the forbidden fruit tempting. I’m not sure they realize what a huge Gay following they have too. Not only do they sing beautifully, are passionate and creative but they are dang sexy. When ever I’m down I watch one of their videos and I’m not even Jewish. I love their spirt and being easy one the eye is a nice touch too. Bless them – I just hope their orthodoxy doesn’t ever bring them to hate like other extreme sides of religions can.

  9. I am messianic. I have to say that I am totally in love with Immanuel. These guys are amazing.


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