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Conversations with Heroes – The Jewish Rock n’ Role Model [audio]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Heather’s guest, musician Moran Sabbah, once dreamed of becoming a rock star – who hasn’t!? It was clear to audiences and record company executives in North America that this talented young lady could become the next Big Thing in music. As her name recognition grew, so did her desire to learn more about her Jewish heritage, the Torah, and the Land of Israel. And then The Call came from Sony Music – with an offer for Moran to sign a 5-year record deal!

Did she go for it?

Check out Moran Sabbah’s amazing story of her climb up the ladder of show business success, and what came of her investigation of authentic Judaism!

To contact Moran Sabbah, or listen to samples of her music, visit: MoranSabbah.com

You can also sign up for her newsletter, and Like + Follow her on Facebook

Conversations with Heroes 07DEC2016 – PODCAST

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Air Supply Gives Away 200 Free Concert Tickets to Firemen’s Wives

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

After being forced to postpone their Haifa concert from Friday to Sunday due to the fires, the band Air Supply is giving away 200 tickets to the wives’ of firemen fighting the Haifa pyroterrorism fires.

They band is performing 3 concerts in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Be’er Sheva.

This is their 4th visit to Israel in 8 years.


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SHLOMO CARLEBACH’S SONG words and music by Ben Reuven

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The whole world’s singing Reb Shlomo’s songs

From New York, Jerusalem to Hong Kong,

Songs that connect Heaven and earth,

Melodies to which Shlomo Carlebach gave birth

Shlomo Carlebach, his body is gone

But his immortal singing spirit lives on

Wherever you go

In every shul at prayer

You’re sure to hear

Shlomo Carlebach’s melodies there.

A thousand songs, a wondrous legacy

Left by Reb Shlomo to posterity

Countless Jewish voices rise in ecstasy

Singing Esa Einei and Ner Leragli.

Countless songs and nigunim

Which Reb Shlomo wrote for us to hymn

Magic melodies to delight our souls

Divinely inspired poured out of him.

Now up in Heaven Reb Shlomo sings

With a chorus of angels for the Heavenly King

He changed our lives with his personality

With his message of love for his people and humanity.

Was Shlomo an angel sent from above

To fill Jewish hearts with his music of love

To make the People of Israel sing and dance

With his sacred music and hypnotic chants?

The whole world’s singing etc…

David Herman

Bob Dylan Maintains Silence, Continues to Ignore Nobel Award Committee

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Calling Bob Dylan. Calling Bob Dylan. Uh, hello? Bob? Mr. Dylan, sir? You’re on in …. wow, man, you’re missing your cue altogether. What’s the deal there, buddy?

Legendary folk music artist and song writer Bob Dylan, 75, has still not responded to calls from the Royal Swedish Academy, telling him that he has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Nor has he mentioned the honor even once before, during or after several performances he’s played, in the nearly two weeks since.

One might wonder if the prize will be revoked, given the discourteous behavior of the world-renowned performer.

But the Nobel Prize Committee and its foundation are made of sterner stuff. Apparently, one cannot refuse the title, although one can certainly refuse the prize money – a check for $900,000. The statues of the Nobel Foundation state that Nobel Prizes cannot ever be returned or rescinded.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, calmly told The Telegraph last week that whether Dylan attends the award ceremony, or acknowledges his receipt of the honor, is irrelevant. “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come,” she told the site. “It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him.”

Danius told Sweden’s state radio station, SR: “Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”

Sweden’s King Carl Gustav is expecting to present the performer with the Nobel Prize at the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10 – if the musician attends. It won’t be a total surprise if he is a no-show, however: Dylan has been rude before, skipping a ceremony at the White House in 2010 where he was to receive the National Medal for the Arts, and skipping a similar award from the Crown Prince of Spain in 2007.

Dylan apparently did decide in 2012, however, that it was important enough to show up at the White House to allow U.S. President Barack Obama to present him with the presidential medal of freedom.

As for the Nobel awards ceremony, Danius is still optimistic, telling media: “I am not at all worried. I think he will show up.”

Hana Levi Julian

Conducting the Netanya Orchestra

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra took to the streets on August 25th and let the people conduct the symphonies.

Take a look… and a listen…

Video of the Day

Music in the Streets

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Street performers play music on Ben Yehuda street in central Jerusalem.

Photo of the Day

The Intolerable Loudness Of Simcha Music

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I’ve received so many letters over the years about the intolerably loud music at simchas (joyous occasions). One that sticks in my mind was from a grandmother who expressed concern at the high decibel level of the music at these functions, which she felt could be injurious to people’s hearing, especially infants who are often brought along by their parents.

She also expressed annoyance that the loudness of the music prevents people from holding conversations and often forces them to go into the lobby in order to communicate with friends and family.

I am not a physician, nor am I knowledgeable about audiological problems, so I will leave comment on those areas to professionals. But I do feel it is important to comment on the lack of derech eretz  – respect for the feelings of others.

When I shared that grandmother’s letter with readers some years ago, I was deluged with letters and e-mails from people who agreed with the grandmother.

Several medical professionals wrote in to confirm the grandmother’s point about the high decibel levels.

Most often, this problem is generational. By and large it is young people who favor this cacophonous, loud music – while mature adults, the elderly, and toddlers and infants find it unbearable.

Innumerable grandparents have confided to me that they anticipate family simchas with delight so that they can get together with relatives and friends and reconnect with them, and that they are especially pleased when they are all seated at the same table. To their dismay, however, they invariably discover that the extremely loud music inhibits them from making conversation.

Not only does this type of music give them a headache, it actually forces them out of the simcha room, consigning them to an often drafty, uncomfortable hallway. On the other hand, should they choose to remain seated at their table and attempt to talk, they have to deal with yet another problem – their vocal chords can become strained by the effort it takes to talk over the music.

There is yet a third option to which wedding guests can resort, and that is to smile, nod their heads, and pretend they hear their neighbors.

Obviously, not one of these choices is an acceptable one.

Perhaps we should trace the roots of this bombastic music. Certainly our zeidies and bubbies never indulged in it. The music at their simchas was joyous and elevating but never reached the offensive decibel levels so popular in our day. This sort of music has roots in a culture that is not Jewish and does not reflect our way.  Some might of course argue that years ago they did not have the technology to amplify music as we do today, to which I would respond that you don’t need technology to make horrifically loud music.

Early Indian tribes, with a primitive culture and lifestyle, found ways to create loud music through which they believed they were able to banish “evil spirits.” Could it be that contemporary man, in trying to escape reality, resorts to this very loud music in order to shut out the real questions of life: Who are you? What do you represent? What are your goals in life?

Could it be that we, like the Indians of yesteryear, are attempting to banish the insanity in our society and have forgotten the sweet sounds of the music that was once reflective of our simchas?

I must add that this intolerable noise is not limited to weddings or bar mitzvahs but assails us everywhere. It can come from a car in a parallel lane in which the driver believes he has license to inflict his obsessions on others. Many of our young people have become so addicted to this music that they are never without the technological gadgets that saturate them with this sound.

Perhaps the time has come for parents to tell their children that at simchas they have a responsibility to consider the needs of their grandparents and other guests.  Perhaps the time has come for young people not only to be concerned by what they want, but also by what is right and comfortable for others.

In the interim, I hope and pray that the day will speedily come when we will hear the joyous music of chassan and kallah that emanates from Yerushalayim and brings gladness to all hearts.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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