Here is a reworked version of “The Times They Are a Changing” that deals with radical Islam and gets it right.
Yehuda Poliker is an Israeli musician who was born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim, which a suburb of Haifa, in Northern Israel. His off stage name is Leonidas Polikar (Greek: Λεωνίδας Πολικάρης. His parents, who grew up in Salonika, were deported to Auschwitz and came to Israel after the war. Ashes and Dust […]
The song “Khad Gadya is frequently sung after Passover seders around the world. Following is a Moroccan version of this song, which is considered to be an allegory about the various nations that have ruled over and oppressed the Jewish people throughout history. The following is a Moroccan version of this classic Passover song.
A Pakistani with whom I worked years ago was not shy about expressing his dislike of Israel and of Zionism. We enjoyed a civil and friendly relationship, born of our need to bring home paychecks. The last time we spoke about Israel, It told him as follows. “I belong to a chassidic group that used […]
The best way to describe a weekday night of Chanukkah sitting by the Hanukkah menorah is like a spark of Shabbos restfulness in the midst of the festive mood. Sitting by the Chanukah lights, serene philosophical streams of thought flow through by mind, against the backdrop of children and grandchildren playing dreidel and Chanukah songs. […]
Meydad Tasa is an Israeli singer who was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1993. He has been producing music and performing publicly since he was 12 years old. His Yemenite origins and devotion to his religious traditions permeates and influences his music, bringing the Yemenite branch of Jewish music into its deserved place in […]
Before 1962, there was a vibrant Jewish community in Algeria. When Algeria became independent in 1962, all that changed. The concepts of citizenship that are familiar to westerners did not exist in the new Algeria, which specifically barred Jews from citizenship. One Jew who joined the stream of exiles was Maurice el Medioni, a self taught […]
“Nights in White Satin has lent itself to a wide array of lyrics in different languages. From “Wildes Wasser” in German to “Ho Difeso Il Mio Amore” in Italian, the melody has proven a versatile vehicle. A.K.A Pella has adapted the melody to “Ani Ma’amin” (I believe). a classic prayer and song in Hebrew that […]
During the three weeks, we reflect upon the destruction of the Holy Temple, as well as all of the other incomprehensible losses of Jewish history. During this time, we do not listen to instrumental music. A notable exception was during the expulsion trek from Spain, when the rabbis ordered that music should be played to […]
Gad Elbaz is an Israeli singer who was born in 1980. His father Benny Elbaz as well as his grandfather preceded him in entering the world of music. Elbaz, who is religiously observant, has a following among religious and less observant Israelis. The musical influences of Jews from Arab countries on Israeli music is a […]