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Jake Clemons’s Midrash on Bruce Springsteen

I just started read the extensive article in the New Yorker on Bruce Springsteen, and the following caught my eye. At each show, the most striking musical difference between the old E Street Band and the new was the increasing prominence given to Jake Clemons. His playing grew stronger, his willingness to take center stage […]

Israeli Rock Meets the Haggadah-Ehad Elohim

The Israeli rock group Eifoh ha-Yeled, Where’s the Kid? sings Ehad Elohim, “One is God.” The lyrics can be found here.

Pre-Shabbat Song-Where Are All of Our Ancestors

One of the most important groups in the history of Israeli music is החלונות הגבוהים (“The High Windows“).  The group consisted of Arik Einstein, Shmulik Krauss, and Josie Katz.  Their one and only album, which was released in 1967, had a lasting affect on Israeli music. Since the traditional Torah reading cycle is finishing up […]

Rock ‘n Roll Midrash-Redemption Song

No week in which Parashat va-Yeishev is read would be complete without listening to Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, which begins with the following lines: Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships, Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong By the hand of […]

Friday Afternoon Song-40

This summer at camp I taught a class called Rock ‘n Roll Midrash. I wanted to show the campers how many musicians have used Biblical verses and themes in their songs. I focused on music in English, and over the next few weeks I’ll post the songs that I taught in class. U2’s 40 is […]

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