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The Secret Jewish History of ABBA
Fans of the greatest pop group of all time with a Hebrew name rejoiced this week at the news that ABBA will reunite for the first time in over three decades to work on a new project taking advantage of “digital and virtual reality technology.” Although the group ceased touring and recording as a unit in 1982, its monumental catalog of international hit singles and the global success of its jukebox musical, “Mamma Mia!,” have kept the group’s legacy alive in the ensuing years.
While it’s commonly assumed that the group’s title is an acronym of the Swedish quartet’s given names — Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — a careful examination of the group’s hits reveals an underlying nod to Jewish history and tradition, only hinted at by the name, ABBA, which means father in Hebrew.::::