Wednesday, December 09, 2020

From the mailbag...

Rabbi Moshe Friedman writes:

For the Chanukah period, I thought you’d be interested in covering this year’s most exciting new Chanukah music video.  “Light One More” by Rav Mo is a hip-hop/pop breakout song, produced by a Grammy award-winning producer and mastered at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

With a message of increasing light in the darkness, it addresses some of the difficulties of families separated during the Covid lockdown.  For more information please see the attached press release and photograph.

The video can be viewed here: Rav Mo - Light One More feat. Yoni Shine - Hanukkah - YouTube

Monday, December 07, 2020

From the mailbag...

Ari Goldwag writes:

I just put out a new video, and I'd love it if you'd share it on your blog.
I really try to create songs with meaningful lyrics and music, as well as videos with good content - the idea behind the video is that the lyrics speak of our trust in Hashem (Bitachon) and our ecstatic song for all the good He does for us. I tried to express that in the imagery of the caterpillar (our hope for the future) and the butterflies - the beautiful expression of Hashem's kindness that comes when we wait for it.
Thanks so much,
Ari Goldwag

Lehrhaus on Hanan Ben Ari

Don't Summarize Me On Wikipedia

Monday, November 09, 2020

Lord Rabbi Sacks ZT"L on Jewish Music

A worthwhile interview with the late Chief Rabbi in which he shares some thoughts on the importance of Jewish music in several places.
Listen here:  Behind the Bima

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bein Kodesh L'Chol in Yiddish

Such a good song deserves sharing here, even if it's a Yiddish version of it with cheesy video effects. And of course, the original by Amir Dadoun and Shuli Rand is incredible.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Monday, August 03, 2020

Dovid Lowy- Bereshit Olam w/Menachem Herman

A tasteful arrangement. Also a rare appearance by Menachem on acoustic guitar.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Over at the Forward... Why Jewish music should take a lesson from heavy metal

An odd venue for an odd piece. It really needed an editor familiar with a wide range of Jewish music, not just the pop/simcha stuff.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

New Direction

Keep an eye on this clarinetist. You're gonna see a lot more of him. Following in his brother's footsteps!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

This Sparks Joy!

Asher S. emails a link to Dan Blacksberg's latest release. I thought I'd posted this one already, but I hadn't. Piamenta meets Black Flag at a Chassidish wedding. Check it out! Joy | Electric Simcha

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Dovid Hill A”h – V’nafshi

A beautiful posthumous tribute/song release.

Dovid Hill A”h – V’nafshi

May the family find nechama.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Funny! I once played a Sheva Brachos where most of the guests flew straight in from the previous night's wedding to the Sheva Brachos. As a result, the only people dancing during the short dance set were the bride/groom and the local guests who hadn't been at the wedding. Everyone else stood around clapping. The Jewish guests on 1and 3 and the few Black guests on 2 and 4.

Black Missionary Arrives At White Church To Teach Them How To Clap On Beat