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Jerusalem’s Jewish Refugees (1948): Video

 

Jerusalem’s Jewish Refugees (1948): Video (Randyjw; January 4, 2017)

 

The truth of this story, which no-one wishes to hear, is that both eastward and westward of the Jordan River, the land was designated and recognized as the Jewish national home, based not on sufferance (i.e., as due to the Holocaust), but on historical fact. Land eastward of the river was subsequently ripped away from these parameters in two, separate severances, and was illegally awarded to the Arabs, in recompense for a slight to the disturbed pride of oversight to one, who did not receive a portion when the middle east was reapportioned into its present configuration. Why any of the present Arab countries should have received their lands, when the Ottoman Empire had fought on the side which lost, is beyond me.

 

It probably has to do with the transferrence of Turkish power, which seats of previous rule had overseen the Islamic Caliphate, dallying during Byzantine times with Constantinople, its strategic location positioned between the divergence of Eastern Orthodox Christianity toward Europe in the West, the Fertile Crescent of the olden Mesopotamia to the East, and the Caucasian, Mongolian and Asiatic influences to the North and Northeast.

 

The sultanate of the Khans (the word being based in the same root from which the priestly classes of the Cohanim in Judaism is derived) was now being exchanged for the religious base from the lands which produced Islam, Saudi Arabia. With its language of Arabic, considered the pure language of the religion, and its two holy sites, Mecca and Medina, from where Mohammad was said to have begun his initial stirrings and to whose messages its inhabitants were hostile, and from where was found a finally receptive audience, as well as a massive slaughtering of his opponents, appeasement was provided to the Arab world, where no fathomable reason should have been its results — after all, they had been the enemy of the Western powers, choosing to join the axis of the sphere of fascism and communism, rather than the democratic one of modernism and republicanism.

 

Although Israel had joined the winning side and provided legions of their own fighting men (after considerable pleading and begging to be allowed to do so), their loyalty was awarded in the form of a piper tiger — a resolution acknowledging the Jewish rights to their land, yet the bit-by-bit dismantling of such righteous intentions by individual British lawmakers, soldiers and, sometimes, commissioners, who were determined that this enshrined reality, based in claims of law, would be subsequently sabotaged in individual acts of disobedience and contempt in the carrying out of its law. What resulted were the continued attacks of the Arabs upon the Jews, and a war of attrition waged by both the Arabs and a few of the soldiers of the mandatory authority, acting to limit, to restrict, and to even bar Jewish population growth within their homeland. This led to the subsequent severance, in two separate actions, of land to the east of the Jordan River, which was illegally ceded by the mandatory powers and turned over to the Arabs to become, first, trans-Jordan (meaning, “across the Jordan”) and, later, being known simply as “Jordan”.  The reference of its name being derived in its meaning as being “across” from something, means that it refers to some other portion it was removed from, and it was too obvious that this association as the land of the Jews must be removed, and hence, the new entity called “Jordan” was born.

 

Devoid of Jews and independently declared by the Arabs, its state it would become a launching area from which to continue a further war to attempt to take all the land, as well as an eventual political tool to use as a further weapon against Israel, and even its own people, by revoking Jordanian citizenship it had originally provided its area Arabs in order to admit Arabs to the land in the war against the Jews. Their 19-year minor incursion and occupation of Jerusalem’s Old City, and a few isolated enclaves, taken via Jordanian participation in a larger Arab war in which Arab states colluded in an attack on Israel in 1948, after Israel declared sovereignty from the mandate in their state, was an illegal and aggressive attack.

 

Because of the illegality of its actions, no country (with one exception) recognized the ramifications of these acts. But the truth, six decades later, has been continuously overlooked and, through dogma and repetition, has become a propaganda-based lie upon which all subsequent rulings and decisions have been made. Forgotten in this scenario has been the countless Jewish refugees born of this situation, and the story of the exiling of the Jews from their land, in the continued course of history.

 

Let us hear from some of those who have been affected:

 

Video Clip (YouTube): “Jerusalem: The Media Myth of Two Cities”; sponsored by Joe Craven in honor of Jerusalem’s 1948 refugees; produced by: Remervision Video Productions; HonestingReporting.com:

(https://youtu.be/JXSvrAe5xEM)

 

See Mechon-Mamre.org (copyrighted) work. From Psalm 137, enjoining the Jewish people to hold Jerusalem above all joys, and to never forget her:

(http://www.mechon-mamre.org/e/et/et26d7.htm)

 

Based on Psalm 137, come poetry and song. See this beautiful adaptation, composed and sung by Yaakov Shwekey, based on this Psalm, in this video, here:

 

(Yaakov Shwekey) – Im Eshkechech Yerushalayim (If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem)

(https://youtu.be/9Hl165XhSs8)

 

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A Breath of Fresh Air

 

A Breath of Fresh Air (Randyjw; December 2, 2016)

 

The earth is on fire, and we’re just beginning to see its flames finally extinguished after days-long blazes ravaged lands in Israel and in the state of Tennessee, within the United States. In some of the area’s worst fires, thousands have been evacuated from their homes, left devastated in the finality of finding their homes turned to rubble amongst the ash. It’s asked that you please help the victims of these devastations, in any ways that you can, to help them in their needs, so that they can rebuild their lives and homes, once again.

 

More than 80,000 people in Israel were evacuated, and many are facing homelessness. Where surveillance footage exists, we find that many instances of the numerous fires were started by Arab terrorists committing arson to burn the land of the Jewish home. Combined with world discriminatory actions against the Jews, such as: the European Union’s insistence upon labeling goods produced in Judea and Samaria; UNESCO, the recent cultural branch of the United Nations, transforming, with the swipe of a pen, Jewish Holy sites into Arab ones; and student campus associations, churches, and others worldwide engaging in unlawful discriminatory actions against Jews via calls for divestment/boycotts/sanctions against the Jewish State, known in parlance as “BDS”; all have been absorbed by the Jewish people with their lives and with tremendous sadness for the state of humanity in the present world.

 

Thankfully, there are many people who will fight to be our friends; we are so thankful. Visitors to Israel, to see the sites, to see the history, to share your FAITH, and your support, we thank you. Trade partners and investors, we thank you. Artists and performers, for being unafraid and for standing with Israel, we thank you. Some of these, as I’ve listed (and thanked) earlier, include Alicia Keys and Carlos Santana — two awesome musicians, and even this.

 

What would the soundtrack of your life sound like? Who would be on it, and why? While I haven’t ever expanded on that exercise, I have put together a few playlists in my lifetime. The ones on this site I’ve made include one with references to the word “Spain”, or “Spanish”; one of songs evoking a feeling of a cozy, local-area song venue in an era of 20’s/30’s-ish sounds; one by way of introduction to the sounds of Jewish life in Israel and in exile; and another from my favorite songs in the tapestry of my life in America, showing the eras through a cultural lens via the sounds they produced. All of these are for educational purposes to showcase a range of styles, cultures, eras, interpretational references and associations as envisioned by others, and more. Please use them for informational insight and exploration.

 

This last list, it’s songs and its eras, reveals a slice of life lived in the American dream over the past half century. It incorporates the music I heard growing up, with influences I associate with my parents’ own preferences, to the changing beats of classic rock, easy-listening, disco, rhythm and blues, and more.

 

One that most resembles the days I yearn for is the carefree sounds of the ’70’s. Growing up, I didn’t care much for most of the genre, but some of the bands and songs out of this time-frame really were exceptional. With time and exposure to the sounds, I have since become an aficionado of the era. One of the most representative bands of the music of these times is Air Supply. Their very popular songs were constantly heard over the airwaves, and formed many a dance-hall d.j.’s most-requested songtracks.

 

Better than that, Air Supply was scheduled to play a concert tour of several performances in Israel. Breaking BDS, these brave souls were all set to astound the newest young listeners in Israel, when the fires broke out during the midst of their performing schedule. Rather than leave many disappointed fans, they instead chose to give more, beyond their initial willingness to play to Israel’s audiences; they provided an additional 200 tickets to their concerts so that the wives of firefighters could attend an evening of song, and help to calm their worry.

 

You are a blessing, Air Supply. Thank you for that added breath of fresh air.

 

Hear the sound of fresh air in this sub-titled, compiled video from YouTube of one of Air Supply’s most-famous songs, “Lost In Love”. It is an example of the carefree sounds of the times in which it was made (and I wish they were still like, now). I, personally, love this song…

(https://youtu.be/3G4nyXNleq0)

 

To read the article, please see:

 

Jewish Press News Brief. “Air Supply Gives Away 200 Free Concert Tickets to Firemen’s Wives”; Jewish Press.com, November 27, 2016:

(http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/air-supply-gives-away-200-concert-tickets-to-firemens-wives/2016/11/27/)

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Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba Sing Jewish/Jewish-Themed Songs

 

I have one post dedicated to Jewish/Israeli song artists called “Shema Yisrael”, and another dedicated to the familiar songs of my youth and upbringing here in America, called “American Culture In Music”.  “American Culture In Music” contains many songs in many languages, reflecting the diversity and melting pot which is America. Jewish songs were a part of my youth, but did not receive as broad a recognition in American culture as the rest of the type of songs represented “American Culture In Music”.

 

It is interesting to see how individual cultures adapt to their newfound societies, combining their old traditions with the new. It is an educational experience to look at a review, from the future, back to the past, to see how it’s developed, integrated, and been influenced by the melding of different cultures within societies. While many people can probably sing “Havah Nagilah” and many of the tunes written for the film adaptation of Shalom Aleichem’s novel based on the reality of life for the Jews during Russian pogroms against them, via the popular movie musical, “Fiddler On The Roof” (for which I played the part of ‘Hodel’ in a grade school musical presentation), other artists’ renditions of some of these songs deserve a posting set aside and apart from both these lists for the special classifications or designations into which these fall. Two such are those by Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba. It shows a blending of cultures in the performances of one through the songs and representative styles of the other.

 

Here they are singing one of my newest favorite songs, ‘Erev Shel Shoshanim’, and several renditions (live and on studio albums) captured via film and video, or pressed into vinyl, of Harry Belafonte’s versions of: “Havah Nagilah” and “Hineh Mah Tov”. I hope you enjoy their versions of these Jewish songs, and this informational, educational look at cultures of American society through song:

 

Erev Shel Shoshanim:

Harry Belafonte:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5nYc26rEGo&list=RDc5nYc26rEGo)

 

Erev Shel Shoshanim:

Miriam Makeba:

(https://youtu.be/gP0OuRVzpw0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Hineh Mah Tov (1960; Concert: England):

(https://youtu.be/RCzUWap9rm0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Hineh Mah Tov (Album: Return to Carnegie Hall):

(https://youtu.be/LwLtzxkgfV0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Noah:

(https://youtu.be/1dG7QI3L5tI)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (Album: At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert):

(https://youtu.be/KTCmKmofaKA)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (Harry Belafonte From Jamaica: Calypso):

(https://youtu.be/kVxAb97XyZM)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (TV: The Danny Kaye Show; with Danny Kaye):

(https:/youtu.be/B971FNuLgQo)

 

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Shema Yisrael

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!

Music:

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):

(https://youtu.be/ZRnzTTYk7_Q)

Ofra Haza – Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:

(https://youtu.be/vFhdbLynNhk)

Here’s a nice, rhyming transliteration of Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:

(http://www.hebrewsongs.com/song-yerushalayimshelzahav.htm)

Ofra Haza – Im Ninalu (earlier version):

(https://youtu.be/O2xNTzlFSk0)

Ofra Haza – Shecharchoret:

(https://youtu.be/s0BL6jD56BE)

Ofra Haza – Neshikot BaYam (static-y intro):

(https://youtu.be/HHQxyxQQPio)

Ofra Haza – Mi Li Yiten:

(https://youtu.be/cWELOuqzwY4)

Ofra Haza – Forgiveness:

(https://youtu.be/NfcRY3g9Y2c)

Ofra Haza – I Want to Fly:

(https://youtu.be/xKdAJ8LqoN0)

Ofra Haza – Kaddish (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(http://youtu.be/5hQ0OkcLKuE)

Ofra Haza – Eli, Eli:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcXeGtDg7w&list=RDlFcXeGtDg7w)

Ofra Haza – Ha’Kotel (The Wailing Wall):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCPfa86whTQ&list=RDTCPfa86whTQ)

Ofra Haza – Adamah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjPq9Bupipg&list=RDUjPq9Bupipg)

Ofra Haza – Kol Ha’Neshama:

(https://youtu.be/uNORpY9uxPw)

Ofra Haza – Shir Ha’Frecha:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUAvhOvIsG4&list=RDkUAvhOvIsG4)

Ofra Haza – Love Letter:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KoZ0rcY4EE&list=RD8KoZ0rcY4EE)

Ofra Haza – Chai (1983 Eurovision song contest):

(https://youtu.be/Pc54OKvroEY)

Ofra Haza – Sof Kaitz (Summer’s End):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBPz4NXRarw&list=RDJBPz4NXRarw)

Ofra Haza – Hatzrif HaKatan:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKkVo5wFRqI&list=RDJKkVo5wFRqI)

Ofra Haza – Yad Anugah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROoBR_WPxbg&list=RDROoBR_WPxbg)

Ofra Haza – (can’t read this; Arabic; ‘avi’):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOtwp6iGOk&list=RDnTOtwp6iGOk)

Ofra Haza – A’salk (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asCLOFYNMj8&list=asCLOFYNMj8)

Ofra Haza – Shaddai (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(https://www.youtu.be/xrWBqxm4eS0)

Ofra Haza – Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh:

(https://youtu.be/FB9_nVfNSsU)

Ofra Haza – Ya Ba Ye

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAY5Q5sxPDg&list=RDhAY5Q5sxPDg)

Ofra Haza – You:

(https://youtu.be/GPq6eGCXXP8)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-hRt3mcitQ&list=RDm-hRt3mcitQ)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45B8IqU9IJM&list=RD45B8IqU9IJM)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxA1AlH9o-0&list=RDvxA1AlH9o-0)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8D1DuVmtVQ&list=RDS8D1DuVmtVQ)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De-_Ub4x5BQ&list=RDDe-_Ub4x5BQ)

Shloime Dachs: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Shema Yisrael.

Shloime Dachs – Shema Yisrael:

(http://youtu.be/dV2jxTUuL44)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxExoU-jyOw&list=RDdxExoU-jyOw)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGTfINnNVMg&list=RDfGTfINnNVMg)

Eliad: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Siman.

Eliad – Siman:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc47KqYnmjg&list=RDgc47KqYnmjg)

Maor Edri: Find his music on: Youtube. Some great songs include: Kululu.

Maor Edri – Kululu (sound is silent, at first):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDRETnvAvdE&list=RDsDRETnvAvdE)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agsItmAUZqs&list=RDagsItmAUZqs)

Eyal Golan – Mi Sh’ma’amin:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHWqcdsW_08&list=RDgHWqcdsW_08)

Eyal Golan – Va’Ani Koreh Lach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCFnAPoWvmA&list=RDRCFnAPoWvmA)

Eyal Golan – Bishvilech:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3FMqG4FN_g&list=RDj3FMqG4FN_g)

Eyal Golan/Variant Versions of K’She’At Ito:

Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Studio Version):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4t2GDIoquE&list=RDg4t2GDIoquE)

Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Music Video Official):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8BSv_FkNHg&list=RDx8BSv_FkNHg)

Eyal Golan – Kol Ha’Chalomot (Studio Version):

(https://www.youtu.be/rgqHT-iy8kA)

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):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ugO2ueMtis&list=RD9ugO2ueMtis)

Moshik Afia – Shover Sh’tikah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQkqY1xJXic&list=RDUQkqY1xJXic)

Moshik Afia – Al Telchi:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qWwxQm_QX8)

Moshik Afia – Holechet Lach BaSheket:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bo35vIgXRY&list=RD0Bo35vIgXRY)

Moshik Afia – Rega Amitai:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3g-ecop-bg&list=RD_3g-ecop-bg)

Moshik Afia – Letof Mesuchan:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk9hMrBdQE0&list=RDPk9hMrBdQE0)

Moshik Afia – Od SheMatzati:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAtswY4KvK8&list=RDlAtswY4KvK8)

Moshik Afia – Mah Itach (Studio Version; Same as Concert Version, with Different Picture):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJt9043KW0&list=RDYXJt9043KW0)

Yuval Dayan: Find her music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Od Shetachazor.

Yuval Dayan – Ad Shetachazor:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCVl3mhEk7g&list=RDpCVl3mhEk7g)

Rotem Cohen: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: El HaOlam Shelach.

Rotem Cohen – El HaOlam Shelach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC8q4Gab_xM&list=RDhC8q4Gab_xM)

Shuli Natan: Find her music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.

Shuli Natan – Yerushalaim Shel Zahav:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYp_c4YsiKo&list=RDvYp_c4YsiKo)

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):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVDrRWJlYU0&list=RDXVDrRWJlYU0)

Ohad Moscowitz And Yedidim Choir – Chupah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh0WyxH1TnE&list=RDRh0WyxH1TnE)

Ohad Moscowitz – Birkat Chupah (All of Me – Cover):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVdYqdr3zdw&list=RDeVdYqdr3zdw)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHDuKGNNTc8&list=RDNHDuKGNNTc8)

Moshe Peretz – Yaldah K’tanah (with Agam Buchbut):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJnOQQ815LQ&list=RDkJnOQQ815LQ)

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…

(http://youtu.be/TAxXOM-p-_k)

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):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25FxYQ5w-NI&list=RD25FxYQ5w-NI)

Chanan Ben-Ari: Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Mimcha Ad Elai.

Chanan Ben-Ari – Mimcha Ad Elai:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA1WcPP9uLk&list=RDgA1WcPP9uLk)

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):

(https://youtu.be/65tpkO55JI8)

Hallelujah:

TheGuitarNick (Learn Guitar Fingerstyle + TAB; http://www.GuitarNick.com):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmrDmR07SM&list=RDBXmrDmR07SM)

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?):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k&list=RDttEMYvpoR-k)

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:

(https://youtu.be/3b4A5qMcFgk)

Mike Brant – Erev Tov:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k9Na3HHegk&list=6k9Na3HHegk)

Mike Brant – Diber Elai B’Prachim:

(https://youtu.be/ZQKAqCiCr4o)

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:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2C7R_IWdzg&list=RDf2C7R_IWdzg)

Shai Hamber – Yesh Li Koach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgEZyvFUn3g&list=RDrgEZyvFUn3g)

Shai Hamber – V’At:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA5KarhIKQ4&list=RDhA5KarhIKQ4)

Shai Hamber – Karov Elecha:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO9l_tXqeAc&list=RDrO9l_tXqeAc)

Shai Hamber – Pri Ganech:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcujPbGFN18&list=RDGcujPbGFN18)

Shai Hamber – Shalechet:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG_LsGwaskc&list=RDpG_LsGwaskc)

Eden Ben Zaken: Find her music on: YouTube. Great songs include Pisah Mezichroni.

Eden Ben Zaken – Pisah Mezichroni:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn6cLOjtqto&list=RDFn6cLOjtqto)

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:

(http://youtu.be/8uPHaioopKM)

Barbra Streisand – Avinu Malkeinu:

(http://youtu.be/KUXeiIURirI)

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.

(http://youtu.be/lDJUDqtxK6M)

Mordechai Ben-David: Find his music on: YouTube and Spotify – Some great songs include: Mi Ha-Ish?:

Mordechai Ben-David: Mi Ha-Ish?:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi-wFdgc-8&list=RD_yi-wFdgc-8)

Helmut Lotti – Find his music on: YouTube. Some great songs include: Shalom Aleichem; Havah Nagilah.

Helmut Lotti – Shalom Aleichem:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPcffro3fQs&list=RDuPcffro3fQs)

Helmut Lotti – Havah Nagilah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXS73OD8MMI&list=RDtXS73OD8MMI)

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):

http://www.kol-israel.com

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American Culture In Music

Created: Approximately March 2, 2016

Updated: January 10, 2017 – Third-party video availability subject to change.

 

These songs featured prominently in my childhood, growing up in America during the 60’s and 70’s, the era from which most of this music originated. It also includes the songs, which became favorites, from the generation of my parents, and the sentimental oldies even they listened to. There’s no way to describe the eras of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, drenched in emotionalism, unless you re-experienced them through performance media, such as recordings and film. Yep — they don’t make ’em like they used to. The same can be said for the hoppin’ 50’s, caught between the innocence of varsity sweaters and poodle skirts, and the greasers, the vehicle-centric realm of cruisers and cars. From the psychedelic, peace activism and rock-band explosions on the British and American scenes of the 60’s, to the carefree soft-rock sounds of the 70’s, this music each relays the sounds of its decade like no other really can. The decades continue on, in the heyday disco days of the eighties, turning into punk rock, and then the indy and grunge rock scene of the nineties. The following two decades saw trance, electronic dance, more diversity and closer fusions of all things, everywhere. This is it’s story, told only from the perspective of my own growing-up years, as only my story could tell; the rest has to be told by you. This is an aural educational journey to take a look back through time and place, sound and space, as no other school could teach, except by personally experiencing it for yourself. And this is to its purpose — alone.

 

Please write me and reminisce about the songs you love and adore. I hope you enjoy these classics as much as I do.

 

A Lover’s Concerto:

The Toys; Original:

(https://youtu.be/aGDZc9bdUZM)

 

 

A Lover’s Concerto:

Kelly Chen:

(https://youtu.be/lpKv-tvQxYs)

 

 

Afternoon Delight:

Starland Vocal Band:

(https://youtu.be/tpGRdX5sUAs)

 

 

Age of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In:

The 5th Dimension:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxSCAalsBE&list=RDkjxSCAalsBE)

 

 

Ain’t No Sunshine:

Bill Withers:

(https://youtu.be/YuKfiH0Scao)

 

 

Autumn Leaves:

Frank Sinatra:

(https://youtu.be/zWmLw1dZSWc)

 

 

Autumn Leaves/Les Feuilles Mortes (French):

Yves Montand:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo1C6E7jbPw&list=RDXo1C6E7jbPw)

 

 

Black and White: * Unavailable

Three Dog Night:

(https://youtu.be/vAlQjLse0BA)

 

 

By The Time I Get To Phoenix:

Glenn Campbell; Original; 45RPM; Mono:

(https://youtu.be/0NeHeNZkH7k)

 

 

California Dreamin’:

The Mamas And The Papas:

(https://youtu.be/dN3GbF9Bx6E)

 

 

Chloe (The Swamp Song): * Unavailable

George Probert:

(https://youtu.be/gitlVdy1088)

 

 

Chloe (The Swamp Song): * Unavailable

Grand Dominion Jazz Band:

(https://youtu.be/sqbOEFEkFE4)

 

 

Dancing Queen:

ABBA:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYSSD0SVhN0&list=RDXYSSD0SVhN0)

 

 

Didn’t We?:

Glenn Campbell:

(https://youtu.be/7u4G50iBkK0)

 

 

Do You Know The Way To San Jose?:

Dionne Warwick:

(https://youtu.be/jqWt49o7R-k)

 

 

Downtown:

Petula Clark:

(https://youtu.be/l60S18sG3_U)

 

 

Ebb Tide:

Arthur Prysock:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6w58QvLn1M&list=RDI6w58QvLn1M)

 

 

Everybody’s Talkin’:

Harry Nilsson:

(https://youtu.be/2AzEY6ZqkuE)

 

 

This Land Is Mine (Exodus, The Theme From) (Lyrics):

Andy Williams:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTqMs58mMwU&list=RDqTqMs58mMwU)

 

 

Exodus (, The Theme From) (Instrumental):

Ernest Gold:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT3-mOHqva8&list=RDcT3-mOHqva8)

 

 

Galveston:

Glenn Campbell:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTbTHlTmDX8&list=RDZTbTHlTmDX8)

 

 

Georgie Girl: * Unavailable

The Seekers:

(https://youtu.be/wslbfYEizLk)

 

 

Girl From Ipanema:

Astrud Gilberto:

(https://youtu.be/giyzx-xeLko)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

Danny Purches:

(https://youtu.be/2H-ku8NvZeM)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

Peggy Lee:

(https://youtu.be/qWnVg5eidq8)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

David Neal:

(https://youtu.be/OKAneOuDS6A)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

Fabulous Hollywood!

The Hollywood Sounds of

Frank DeVol and His Orchestra:

(https://youtu.be/iphOePrFnqI)

 

 

Going Out Of My Head:

Little Anthony And The Imperials:

(https://youtu.be/Kq204wG8UfA)

 

 

Golden Earrings: * Unavailable

Tamra Rosanes:

(https://youtu.be/AXDwGJl97eU)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

The Clebanoff Strings and Percussion (?)

The Golden Age of Light Orchestras:

100 Great American Light Orchestras;

Volume One:

(https://youtu.be/GSKrgZjwTU8)

 

 

Golden Earrings:

Tanya Karamanos – Violin and Musicians:

(https://youtu.be/1iV4C9oSK0Y)

 

 

Guantanamera: Various Artists;

Original Music By Jose Fernandez Diaz;

Based On A Poem By Jose Marti –

 

Guantanamera:

Huecco, et. al; Traducao Portugues:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPtB6NXiz1g&list=RDVPtB6NXizg)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Dennis Greenwood; English; Lyrics:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJt_q3_ROf0&list=RDwJt_q3_ROf0)

 

 

Guantanamera: * Unavailable

Nana Mouskouri; French:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIjSPFgQl00&list=RDuIjSPFgQl00)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Joe Dassin; French:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YeaKaAwbsM&list=RD5YeaKaAwbsM)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Lucrecia with Andy Garcia; Spanish:

(https://youtu.be/zf9iDO8WwMk)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Compay Segundo; Spanish:

(https://youtu.be/9QO4aegj-jA)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Jose Feliciano; Spanish:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmyQOq4MAdY&list=RDlmyQOq4MAdY)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Julio Iglesias; Spanish:

(https://youtu.be/ikVNjQApJ4A)

 

 

Guantanamera Twist and Shout:

The Mavericks; Tarrytown;

November 1, 2014; Spanish:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcUVTjGzwsU&list=RDtcUVTjGzwsU)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Compay Segundo with Lucrecia and Joseito Fernandez and Famous Singers; Spanish:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwY4wkQXtz0&list=RDuwY4wkQXtz0)

 

 

Guantanamera: * Unavailable

Julio Iglesias and Nana Mouskori; French:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSJAW9oHAXU&list=RDZSJAW9oHAXU)

 

 

Guantanamera:

ABBA; Spanish:

(https://youtu.be/jg6CscmG6-8)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Luciano Pavarotti, Celia Cruz and Jarabe De Palo; For Afghanistan; Spanish:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvQR_OcNG8w&list=RDAvQR_OcNG8w)

 

 

Guantanamera:

Helmut Lotti; Spanish:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB0VSOrNhJ8&list=RDuB0VSOrNhJ8)

 

 

Guantanamera: * Unavailable

TheGuitarNick (Learn Fingerstyle + TAB; http://www.GuitarNick.com):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDSv-hGfzI9-0&list=RDRDSv-hGfzI9-0)

 

 

Harper Valley PTA:

Jeannie C. Riley:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZPBUu7Fro&list=RDaOZPBUu7Fro)

 

 

Here Comes The Sun:

The Beatles:

(https://youtu.be/2tO3835ZGSo)

 

 

Honey: * Unavailable

Bobby Goldsboro:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZE7QQa1Z4&list=RDZYZE7QQa1Z4)

 

 

If I Had A Hammer:

Peter, Paul and Mary (Live):

(Civil Rights March; Washington, D.C.; 1963):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKgm9ARmOMM&list=RDAKgm9ARmOMM)

 

 

If You’re Going To San Francisco (Lyrics):

Scott McKenzie:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EskS_SoGqww&list=RDEskS_SoGqww)

 

 

I’ll Never Smile Again:

Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers:

(https://youtu.be/kEPnhszmKuo)

 

 

I’ll Never Smile Again:

Jo Stafford:

(https://youtu.be/aZ8COLbG5wA)

 

 

In The Mood:

Glenn Miller:

(https://youtu.be/c2aqHGaSxRI)

 

 

In The Mood:

Glenn Miller:

(https://youtu.be/xPXwkWVEIIw)

 

 

Joy To The World:

Three Dog Night:

(https://youtu.be/xsa6txKXb3w)

 

 

La Vie En Rose*:

Foxtails Brigade:

(https://youtu.be/-NK9zdPj-os)

 

 

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane:

Peter, Paul and Mary:

(https://youtu.be/F9pbDeUmpnwe)

 

 

Lost In Love:

Air Supply:

(https://youtu.be/3G4nyXNleq0)

 

 

Massachusetts: * Unavailable

The Bee Gees:

(https://youtu.be/f4JlL10lgXs)

 

 

Meditation:

Foxtails Brigade:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-zEidLuKYk&list=RD0-zEidLuKYk)

 

 

Message To Michael:

Dionne Warwick:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f3WPBREdjo&list=RD9f3WPBREdjo)

 

 

My Sweet Lord:

George Harrison:

(https://youtu.be/0kNGnIKUdMI)

 

 

Never On Sunday:

Sirtaki (?) / Stevan Vagner (Post):

(https://youtu.be/GI9MIOpyOVA)

 

 

Norwegian Wood:

The Beatles:

(https://youtu.be/VPsEYpvnnRA)

 

 

One Less Bell To Answer:

The 5th Dimension:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZcA3kiaQb0&list=RD9ZcA3kiaQb0)

 

 

One Toke Over The Line: * Unavailable

Brewer and Shipley:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNKL9onYB_8&list=RDMNKL9onYB_8)

 

 

One Toke Over The Line:

Brewer and Shipley:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVxA1MkEkyo&list=RDgVxA1MkEkyo)

 

 

Puff The Magic Dragon:

Peter, Paul and Mary:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FnMmuFaguc&list=RD9FnMmuFaguc)

 

 

Put Your Hand In The Hand:

Elvis Presley (Concert):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nkp_t2RUaA&list=RD6Nkp_t2RUaA)

 

 

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You*:

Edgar Ramirez; Jennifer Lawrence:

Excerpt from JOY – Twentieth Century Fox:

(https://youtu.be/QswAZPumAwk)

 

 

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You:

Frank and Nancy Sinatra:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meQUdezfMhk&list=RDmeQUdezfMhk)

 

 

Qualche Stupido Ti Amo / Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You:

Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti:

(https://youtu.be/yzyEsiivVD0)

 

 

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You:

Robbie Williams; Nicole Kidman:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtrXxgtYGUw&list=RDrtrXxgtYGUw)

 

 

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You:

Ilias Michailakis and Christine:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GauYVx4oS8&list=RD0GauYVx4oS8)

 

 

Saying Something Stupid Like I Love You:

Priscilla and Nico:

(https://youtu.be/-4lBQs7ISMI)

 

 

Seasons In The Sun:

Terry Jacks:

(https://youtu.be/9E_IBciZoP4)

 

 

Senza Fine*: * Unavailable

Andrea Bocelli (Concert):

(https://youtu.be/QqCmC-7QUoA)

 

 

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay:

Otis Redding:

(https://youtu.be/rTVjnBo96Ug)

 

 

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes:

Engelbert Humperdinck

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J35KrD0t_VU&list=RDJ35KrD0t_VU)

 

 

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes:

Nana Mouskouri:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNQVhSYvKkw&list=RDsNQVhSYvKkw)

 

 

Somewhere/One Hand, One Heart/I Have A Love:

Barbra Streisand/Johnny Matthis:

(https://youtu.be/OZAHNH2FT90)

 

 

Sunny:

Bobby Hebb:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILEXei9rfhw&list=RDILEXei9rfhw)

 

 

Sunny:

Bobby Hebb and Ron Carter:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRWyxzmNdJc&list=RDuRWyxzmNdJc)

 

 

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down:

Joan Baez:

(https://youtu.be/C_ksYL26lZE)

 

 

The Very Thought Of You:

Engelbert Humperdinck

(https://youtu.be/5E1ugy_-ogQ)

 

 

The Very Thought Of You:

Nat King Cole:

(https://youtu.be/tOaWJu8Wuj0)

 

 

The Windmills Of My Mind:

Neil Diamond:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEDtJrhAkF0&list=RDdEDtJrhAkF0)

 

 

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’:

Nancy Sinatra (Lyrics) / * Decided to delete

(Looks like a personal video message; Sorry ’bout that, but it seemed to have the best sound quality):

 

 

Those Were The Days:

Mary Hopkins:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsmEcJSdzc&list=RDZUsmEcJSdzc)

 

 

Up, Up And Away:

The 5th Dimension:

(https://youtu.be/5akEgsZSfhg)

 

 

When Will I See You Again:

Three Degrees:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUSYj5zq144&list=RDHUSYj5zq144)

 

Wichita Lineman:

Glenn Campbell:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJBvdEBpHE8&list=RDTJBvdEBpHE)

 

 

Wichita Lineman:

Glenn Campbell; Concert Footage, 2006:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E80727OUUDI&list=RDE80727OUUDI)

 

 

Yellow Bird:

The Kingston Trio:

(https://youtu.be/bIC7hmSMq54)

 

 

Yellow Bird:

Johnny Tillotson:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0d6jFSYEzo&list=RDy0d6jFSYEzo)

 

 

Yellow Bird:

The Brothers Four:

(https://youtu.be/RdvUm-CJhVc)

 

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* Andrea Bocelli sings these on his David Foster-produced PBS special, “Love In Portofino”.

 

These pressings and video clips showcase the sound of the times as represented by its diverse people — the legacy of our pride, and were the discs that were spun in broadcast studios, dance halls, and homes across America. It was a time of discovery, mergence, and awakening; carefree, yet still cognizant and concerned. A movement of unity was beginning in quietude and celebration. These were the days.

 

Thank you to all the artists and to those who support them, both out-loud and in quiet, as well as to those who can only hint their approval. Your voices will all be heard, one day.

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Shir – Israeli Songs

Shir – Israeli Songs

Listen in Spotify to the soul-rending songs of the Jewish spirit (must have Spotify installed to hear in entirety; these are just samples).

This experience replicates some of the religious prayers and rites of our people through our actual prayers/songs, as well as being culturally interpreted through new, modern song, which, nevertheless hearkens back to the past. Some of these songs were born in kinship with the rebirthing of the nation, and reflect that. Overall, you will hear the melancholic minor-key beauty so particular and prevalent in the essence of our souls.

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