Bari Weiss

FUSION: Matt Bar writes raps based on biblical tales. His new album will be released in July.

Holy Hip Hop

It’s Saturday night in Jerusalem’s Talbieh neighborhood, and a crowd of 50 is gathered to hear Matt Bar rap about the Bible. The lanky Iowa City native has achieved a kind of celebrity among young Anglos in Jerusalem with his Bible Raps project, a phenomenon he’s hoping to repeat this summer when he travels to Jewish summer camps across America.

A Photographer’s Family Album, and Ours

For most of us, family albums are packed tight with shots of smiling relatives lined up at life-cycle events: the bris, the bar mitzvah, the wedding. Such pictures do not interest Israeli photographer Vardi Kahana, who has taken the concept of the family album and exploded it with One Family, an exhibit currently on view at the Tel Aviv museum and set to open November 10 at New York’s Andrea Meislin Gallery.