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Grade-schooler whose ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ went viral is back with Hanukkah song

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JTA — Last year, when he was 6, Bibi Shapiro broke the Jewish internet with his impassioned performance of “Avinu Malkeinu,” the plaintive poem that is recited on Yom Kippur.

This year, the Australian grade-schooler is making a more subtle — but more harmonious — splash for Hanukkah.

Shapiro’s viral fame in 2020, which came as Jews around the world were isolated because of the pandemic, generated an invitation to sing at Yom Kippur services at one of the biggest Reform synagogues in the world and plaudits from Jewish musicians around the world. One of them, a popular singer in Shapiro’s native South Africa named Choni........

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