By Wayne Robins
How a Jewish song with gospel roots became a 1960s garage band standard
Inspired in part by all the Jewish artists on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs, the Forward decided it was time to rank the best Jewish pop songs of all time. You can find the whole list and accompanying essays here. The Blues Project were one of New York’s seminal bands in the…
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Republic of Doyle
My go-to streaming pleasure all year has been “Republic of Doyle” on Netflix. The series features a father and son private eye team in picturesque St. John’s, Newfoundland. The focus is cocky, impulsive Jake Doyle, played by show creator Allan Hawco. Jake takes more punches than he gives, though the violence and humor owe more…
Meet Daniel Levitin — A Polymath in the Truest Sense of the Word
Driving his 20-year-old Mercedes-Benz up and around the winding roads toward his house in the hills in a semirural area of San Francisco’s East Bay, Daniel J. Levitin is an enthusiastic guide to the abundant variety of trees in his neighborhood: California live oak, redwood, Pacific madrone. Suddenly, he brakes while making a turn and…
How To Make an Unorthodox Playlist For Your Orthodox Rabbi
A few weeks ago, after Sabbath- morning services at my local Chabad, my spiritual leader, Rabbi Yossi, asked me for a favor: He wanted me to choose 20 songs for him to listen to, secular music with a Jewish vibe. He had recently heard Leonard Cohen’s “Who by Fire,” derived from the High Holidays prayer,…
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