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Arik Einstein z”l

There have been many good pieces written about Arik Einstein in the past day. A few that I liked are here, here, here, and here. Below are a few videos that I would recommend to get a taste of who he was. Here is video from the wedding of his ultra-Orthodox daughter to the son […]

Kaveret’s Farewell Concert

Last night in Tel Aviv the Israeli band Kaveret (a.k.a. Poogy to many outside of Israel) played what will most likely be their final concert. For those who weren’t in attendance or who didn’t hear it broadcast live on the radio, Reshet Gimmel has posted a recording of the concert and it can be listened […]

Independence Day Edition of Musical Midrash

NRG has an article (Hebrew) about modern Israeli songs as musical midrash on traditional Jewish sources that includes links to sources. The article is based on source sheets found at Midreshet.

A Religious and Cultural Critique of Haim Gouri’s Bab el-Wad

One of the most well-known songs associated with Yom ha-Zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) is Haim Gouri’s Bab el-Wad, known by many through the singing of Yaffa Yarkoni. The song is a powerful and moving memorial for the soldiers who fought in order to bring supplies to Jerusalem during the War of Independence through Bab el-Wad […]

Help Mika Karny Perform at SXSW

I was recently able to see the Israeli singer Mika Karny at one of her few appearances in America and it was an inspiring evening. She and her accompanying ensemble performed modern Israeli songs that are based on Shir ha-Shirim from their new album Kol Dodi. Karny has been invited to perform at the prestigious […]

Pre-Shabbat Song: Arik Einstein

Yesterday Arik Einstein, possibly the most influential figure in the history of Israeli music, celebrated his 74th birthday. The Israeli music critic Yoav Kutner has written a post (Heb) about Einstein and his influence on Israeli music. Here are a few of his performances from numerous different time periods of his life.

Pre-Shabbat and Hanukkah Song

In 1970 Naomi Shemer wrote a song about the Israeli fortifications on the Bar-Lev Line that was influenced by the traditional

Yonatan Razel

On Saturday night Israel Channel Two News had a segment about the religious singer Yonatan Razel. Yonatan is a very talented singer who manages to both learn in a kollel and compose and perform songs that appeal to large numbers of Israelis. He was originally trained in classical music and has won numerous awards from […]

Mika Karny is Touring the US

The Israeli singer Mika Karny, whom I have have written about before, will be performing a number of dates in the US. Below are a list of some of the dates and locations. More info can be found here. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Ehud Banai and Heschel in Tel Aviv

Recently the Israeli singer Ehud Banai was interviewed in the Israeli newspaper Maariv. It was a long interview that touched upon culture, politics, and religion. One of Banai’s comments that caught my eye was when he justified his approach towards the holiness of territory by saying that Judaism is a religion of time and not […]

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