Created: Approximately November 24, 2015
Re-posted: March 5, 2016
Shema, Yisrael are the opening words to one of the most meaningful, and probably one of the most well-known, prayers in Jewish precepts. The English translation of the Hebrew renders “Hear, O Israel”.
Following is an introduction to some wonderful Jewish and/or Israeli artists for you to Hear Israel for yourself. I hope this will open up a new world of the Middle East to you, with the ancient sounds of our various traditions, lands of our dispersion, modern interpretations, and others, as no other education could possibly inform you better than via our cultural heritage and language as expressed through performance. I hope it will give you an enhanced appreciation of Israel and her people through music appreciation, as well as showing you via other avenues. Please enjoy!
If you’d like to make a recommendation or a suggestion, please write me at the comments box in the “About” page or via one of the posts. Thanks! I look forward to “hearing” from you!
Ofra Haza: Ofra’s beautiful voice transcends cultures and ages in pure and timeless wonder. Find her music on: Youtube – Some great songs include: Neshikot BaYam; Im Ninalu; Shecharchoret; Yerushala’im Shel Zahav.
Ofra Haza – Im Ninalu (later version):
Ofra Haza – Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:
Here’s a nice, rhyming transliteration of Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:
Ofra Haza – Im Ninalu (earlier version):
Ofra Haza – Shecharchoret:
Ofra Haza – Neshikot BaYam (static-y intro):
Ofra Haza – Mi Li Yiten:
Ofra Haza – Forgiveness:
Ofra Haza – I Want to Fly:
Ofra Haza – Kaddish (Montreux Jazz Festival):
Ofra Haza – Eli, Eli:
Ofra Haza – Ha’Kotel (The Wailing Wall):
Ofra Haza – Adamah:
Ofra Haza – Kol Ha’Neshama:
Ofra Haza – Shir Ha’Frecha:
Ofra Haza – Love Letter:
Ofra Haza – Chai (1983 Eurovision song contest):
Ofra Haza – Sof Kaitz (Summer’s End):
Ofra Haza – Hatzrif HaKatan:
Ofra Haza – Yad Anugah:
Ofra Haza – (can’t read this; Arabic; ‘avi’):
Ofra Haza – A’salk (Montreux Jazz Festival):
Ofra Haza – Shaddai (Montreux Jazz Festival):
Ofra Haza – Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh:
Ofra Haza – Ya Ba Ye
Ofra Haza – You:
Dudu Fisher: Dudu Fisher was a cantor and is the son of a Holocaust survivor. His father grew up in Poland and was taken into hiding from the Nazis by his best friend’s family, the Kvarchuks. Attending a Dudu Fisher concert is an emotional and moving experience, as these videos attest. Find more of his music on: Youtube. Some of his great songs include (theme song from) Exodus, which was penned by Pat Boone, and these:
Dudu Fisher – (Posting): Kantor’s Tears: Dudu Fisher at Synagogue Krakow:
Dudu Fisher – The Prayer, Les Miserables (Bring Him Home), sung before Pastor John Hagee during the time of his birthday, referencing the four-years’ captivity, to-date at that time, by Hamas of Gilad Shalit:
HaDuda’im V’HaParva’im: Find their music on: YouTube. Great songs include: Tsel U’me Be’er:
HaDuda’im V’HaParva’im – Tsel U’me Be’er:
Yaakov Shwekey: Find his music on: YouTube. Great songs include: If I Should Forget Thee, O Jerusalem; Shema Yisroel.flv.
Yaakov Shwekey – Shema Yisroel.flv:
See also these nice YouTube compilations of “Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim”:
Yizkerem YouTube Compilation; Yaakov Shwekey – Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim (If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem).
~~shaynky911~~ YouTube Compilation; A Shmuel Borger / Amudai Shaish Production; Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim.
Simcha Leiner: Find his music on: YouTube – Some great songs include “A Musical Masterpiece” with Yedidim Choir; Conducted by Yisroel Lamm:
Simcha Leiner and Yedidim Choir – A Musical Masterpiece:
Shloime Dachs: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Shema Yisrael.
Shloime Dachs – Shema Yisrael:
Neil Diamond – Find his music on: YouTube and Everywhere. Some great songs include: Cracklin’ Rosie and Cherry, Cherry.
Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rosie and Cherry, Cherry:
Aviv Geffen and Matti Caspi: Find their music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Mistovev. Update: On March 8, 2016, a knife-wielding Arab terrorist killed visiting Lubbock, Texas student, Taylor Force, in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Breaking free of a gathering crowd, the terrorist headed toward 26-year old Yishay Montgomery, whose father and grandfather are, incidentally, also from Lubbock, Texas. Clumsily, Yishay fell. (Frankly, I believe, an angel watched over his step.) He was able to whack the guitar he had been carrying over the terrorist’s head. The police shot the terrorist further along down the tayelet. (Hartman, Ben. “‘Guitar Hero’ Adjusting to Newfound Fame After Trying to Hinder Jaffa Terrorist”; The Jerusalem Post; March 9, 2016.) The singer in this video, Aviv Geffen, replaced Yishay’s broken guitar. Thank you, Yishay, and thank you, Aviv. You both rock! In addition to ten others injured, Fox news writes a nice article about the slain victim, Taylor Force. Taylor had been an Eagle Scout, a National Honor Society student, a West Point graduate, and came from a long line of military servers in his family. He had served at Fort Hood, as well as having seen deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has seen major terror hotspots by going out and confronting them. Terror felled this fine gentleman, at 28, in Israel, while he was on a school trip with Vanderbilt University (Fox News: “American Murdered in Israel was West Point Grad who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan”; FoxNews.com; March 9, 2016). I don’t know how to thank you for your service, Mr. Force, and family. My gratitude goes beyond words, but… Shalom. Thank you. Rest forever at peace, knowing that you did your best to try to bring peace to the rest of the world. I’m sorry you lost your life to the purpose.
Aviv Geffen and Matti Caspi – Mistovev:
Eliad: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Siman.
Eliad – Siman:
Maor Edri: Find his music on: Youtube. Some great songs include: Kululu.
Maor Edri – Kululu (sound is silent, at first):
Eyal Golan: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Elohai; K’She’At I’to; He Who Believes; Va’Ani Koreh Lach; Al Tamori; Ha’Ahavah Ha’Yeshanah; Bi’Ladai’ich; Kol Ha’Chalomot; Ba’Iri; Bishvilech.
Eyal Golan and Nikos Ortis – K’She’At I’to:
Eyal Golan – Mi Sh’ma’amin:
Eyal Golan – Va’Ani Koreh Lach:
Eyal Golan – Bishvilech:
Eyal Golan/Variant Versions of K’She’At Ito:
Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Studio Version):
Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Music Video Official):
Eyal Golan – Kol Ha’Chalomot (Studio Version):
Moshik Afia – Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Mah Itach; Chalom Matok; Tfos; Shover Sh’tikah; Al Tachil; Holechet Lach BaSheket; Sach HaKol Neshikah; Mekavim; Rega Amitai; Letof Mesuchan; Od SheMatzati; At Ba’Achat.
Moshik Afia – Mah Itach (Music Video Official):
Moshik Afia – Shover Sh’tikah:
Moshik Afia – Al Telchi:
Moshik Afia – Holechet Lach BaSheket:
Moshik Afia – Rega Amitai:
Moshik Afia – Letof Mesuchan:
Moshik Afia – Od SheMatzati:
Moshik Afia – Mah Itach (Studio Version; Same as Concert Version, with Different Picture):
Yuval Dayan: Find her music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Od Shetachazor.
Yuval Dayan – Ad Shetachazor:
Rotem Cohen: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: El HaOlam Shelach.
Rotem Cohen – El HaOlam Shelach:
Shuli Natan: Find her music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.
Shuli Natan – Yerushalaim Shel Zahav:
Ohad Moscowitz: Find his songs on YouTube. Some great songs include: Melech Malchei Hamlachim/Mi Bon Siach (The Rose – Cover); Chupah (with Yedidim Choir); Birkat Chupah (All of Me – Cover).
Ohad Moscowitz – Melech Malchei Hamlachim/Mi Bon Siach (The Rose – Cover):
Ohad Moscowitz And Yedidim Choir – Chupah:
Ohad Moscowitz – Birkat Chupah (All of Me – Cover):
Samson Kemelmakher: Find his songs on: Youtube. Some great songs include: Shtetele Beltz.
Moshe Peretz: Find his music on: Youtube – Some great songs include: Ulai Ha’Lailah; Yaldah K’tanah; and the very moving project with Israeli newspaper, Yediot Acharonot, named “My Brother”.
Moshe Peretz – Ulai Ha’Lailah:
Moshe Peretz – Yaldah K’tanah (with Agam Buchbut):
Shlomit Levy: Find her music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Tzur Menati; A’Salk.
Shlomit Levy – Excerpts of concert footage: Tzur Menati; A’Salk…
Shir: Find their music on: Spotify – Some great songs include: Laila, Laila; Erev Shel Shoshanim; Have Nagila; Ba’Shanah Ha’Ba’ah.
Idan Raichel Project: Find their music on: YouTube – Some great songs include: Bo’i.
Idan Raichel Project – Bo’i (with dedication):
Chanan Ben-Ari: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Mimcha Ad Elai.
Chanan Ben-Ari – Mimcha Ad Elai:
Pe’er Tasi: Find his music on: YouTube – Some great songs include: the Yves and Lir Remix of ‘Way of Peace’.
Liel Kolet: Find her music on: YouTube – See if you can find her really nice PBS special; Some great songs include: Hallelujah; and The Dream of Tomorrow.
Liel Kolet – The Dream of Tomorrow (with Kol HaNeshamah intro):
TheGuitarNick (Learn Guitar Fingerstyle + TAB; http://www.GuitarNick.com):
Leonard Cohen – Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Hallelujah.
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Considering the person/listing, do you see anything ironic with the URL address containing the word, “pork”, in it?):
Mike Brant – Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs (in Hebrew; most others are French) include: Erev Shel Shoshanim; Erev Tov, and Diber Elai B’Prachim.
Mike Brant – Erev Shel Shoshanim:
Mike Brant – Erev Tov:
Mike Brant – Diber Elai B’Prachim:
Shai Hamber: Find her music on: YouTube. Great songs include: B’toch; Yesh Li Koach; V’At; Karov Elecha; Pri Ganech; Shalechet.
Shai Hamber – B’toch:
Shai Hamber – Yesh Li Koach:
Shai Hamber – V’At:
Shai Hamber – Karov Elecha:
Shai Hamber – Pri Ganech:
Shai Hamber – Shalechet:
Eden Ben Zaken: Find her music on: YouTube. Great songs include Pisah Mezichroni.
Eden Ben Zaken – Pisah Mezichroni:
Barbra Streisand: One of the greatest voices of all time. Find her music and movies: YouTube and everywhere. Some great movies include: Yentl; Some great songs include: Avinu Malkeinu; HaTikvah.
Barbara Streisand – HaTikvah; and Conversation with Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, approx. 1978:
Barbra Streisand – Avinu Malkeinu:
Alma Gluck: Find her music on: YouTube. Great songs include: HaTikvah (Israeli National anthem recorded in 1918!) and Chanson Hebraique (recorded in 1917!). Violinist Efrem Zimbalist (Sr.), her husband.
Mordechai Ben-David: Find his music on: YouTube and Spotify – Some great songs include: Mi Ha-Ish?:
Mordechai Ben-David: Mi Ha-Ish?:
Helmut Lotti – Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Shalom Aleichem; Havah Nagilah.
Helmut Lotti – Shalom Aleichem:
Helmut Lotti – Havah Nagilah:
Radio Lev Hamedina (radio station): Find it on: TuneIn (Requires free app download); net streaming and other apps available for this station via the internet.
Kol Israel (curated radio and news):