Chaim writes a post titled "My Problem with Jewish Childrens CD's." I'd recommend checking out David Nulman's album "Captain Dovid and the Rebbes of Rhythm. Once you get past the title and the "in outer space" theme, the music and lyrics are quite good. Standout track is "Where Is Hashem?" with sweet guest vocals by Dov Levine. The lyrics come across as heartfelt and sincere rather than preachy. I've added this one to my book for appropriate events.
Yitz is feeling sheepish over at Heichal HaNegina. Hat tip: A Simple Jew.
Menachem Butler writes about 'Malki's Song."
Zackary Sholem Berger posts on Lipa Schmeltzer.
Here's DAATH, a dark metal band inspired by Kabbala.
Daath’s music is an exploration of the negative sides of the human psyche. Using the Tree of Life as a roadmap, their albums will be systematically exploring the adverse side of the tree until they have described all ten of its points, or sepherot.Via Metal Jew.
The Town Crier thinks that a NY Post article on the awarding of a city contract to a rabbi who embezzled money from HASC is an attempt to discredit the organization soon before its annual concert. I just don't see it.
Personally, I thought the timing of the Jewish Week's article last year was wrong, because they published the story (which was a year old) as the aforementioned rabbi was sitting shiva and shortly before the big annual concert. There was no burning reason to publish immediately instead of holding the story for a week or two. This year's concert is at the end of January, though. I find it hard to believe that there is any subtext here. It's simply a classic "can you believe this one" story about the city handing out mega-dollars to a thief. It's not anti-Semitism and it's not anti-HASC.
At any rate, TTC is following this story.