Binyomin Ginzberg


To Mindy Meyer, With Love

By Binyomin Ginzberg

To Mindy Meyer, With Love
Modern Orthodox punk band The Groggers are known for tangling with controversial issues. From their first viral video hit, “Get,” to one of their latest, “Jewcan Sam (A Nose Job Love Song)” about, well, getting a nose job, the band has drawn equal measures of enthusiasm and scorn.Read More


Monday Music: Making a Loving Mockery of Modern Orthodoxy

By Binyomin Ginzberg

Monday Music: Making a Loving Mockery of Modern Orthodoxy
It all started with a video that went viral.Read More


Chilik Frank Brings Soul of Hasidism to Klezmer

By Binyomin Ginzberg

Chilik Frank Brings Soul of Hasidism to Klezmer
Clarinetist Chilik Frank plays exquisite arrangements of Hasidic melodies and dance songs. Binyomin Ginzberg says it’s some of the most moving Jewish music he has ever heard.Read More


Are Hasidic Singers Exploiting Leiby Kletzky's Death?

By Binyomin Ginzberg

Are Hasidic Singers Exploiting Leiby Kletzky's Death?
There is a time for mourning and there is a time for PR. The shocking murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, z”l, in Borough Park this week, is an unspeakable horror. And yet, with what seems to be a total lack of sensitivity regarding what kind of public reaction is or isn’t appropriate, Haredi artists are racing to release songs and videos in response to the event.Read More


Is Haredi Music Video Activism Misplaced?

By Binyomin Ginzberg

Is Haredi Music Video Activism Misplaced?
The new single and music video titled “The Japan Song,” released March 29 and featuring prominent Hasidic singers Avraham Fried and Shloimy Daskal, is not what you might expect. Although its purpose is fundraising for relief efforts, and the video includes some footage of the tsunami, it is not a fundraiser for Japan at all. Rather, it is the latest in a new trend of Haredi musical activism on behalf of Jewish prisoners.Read More






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