Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
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Beard or no beard: "a Jew is a Jew is a Jew." At least, so said Chevra leader Aryeh Shalom and several other Matisyahu fans interviewed before the Orthodox reggae star took to the stage at the Theatre of Living Arts during a Saturday night stop on his sixth annual Chanukah tour.
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He is el judio of Los Lobos. It takes cheek to check out an all-Chicano band and not wonder, "Where do I belong as a Jew?" But Steve Berlin had no such burdens; the protean music man of sax appeal and keyboard craft first heard the group perform some 30 years ago, and immediately tapped into their tapas tones and...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
Toronto native and Philadelphia transplant Chana Rothman, 37, has staked out a niche mashing together breezy hip-hop beats, sunny acoustic reggae, and a warm mouthy flow that draws lyrically from Hebrew liturgy and relaxed, left-wing politics. Chana Rothman's new self-released album is of a "Beautiful Land." On "Lay Down Your Swords," she code-switches between English and Hebrew, singing over a...
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Matt Bar would like you to know that he's not white -- just Jewish.
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So, Bela Fleck, when you throw down your heart, does it always come up with a banjo riff? "Absolutely," says the legendary picker and pick of the Grammy Award committee innumerable times for his musical musings -- including the 2011 Best Contemporary World Music Album, "Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions, Part 2: Unreleased Tracks." Indeed, the instrument releases an...
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