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A Rare Letter of Rav Kook, Yoel Moshe Solomon, and Zionist Mythmaking

The recent issue of Asif, the annual publication of the Yeshivat Hesder association, contains the publication of a rare letter from 1904 written by Rav Kook to the leaders of Jaffa after he accepted the position as rabbinic leader of their community. There are many interesting aspects of the letter, one of them being that […]

Yair Rosenblum’s Unetaneh Tokef

Unetaneh Tokef is one of the central prayers for the Yamim Noraim, and one of the most familiar tunes for it is that which was written by Yair Rosenblum. Rosenblum is one of the most important figures in the history of Israeli music and in 1990 he was living on Kibbutz Beit Hashitah in the […]

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 Maoz Tzur. The name of the song is שבחי המעוז, the Praises of the Fortification, although it is also known as מעוז צור ישועתי after the opening line. For a detailed discussion of the […]

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 […]

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