The Israeli Composer Who Set the Talmud to Music

An Orthodox Jew who received his musical training in Budapest and Paris, the late composer Andre Hajdu settled in Israel in 1966 and became chairman of the music department at Bar Ilan University. Here he and his students set a talmudic passage to music, demonstrating how, in the words of Norman Lebrecht, Hajdu “saw no contradiction between his religious immersion and his advanced musical ideas.” The passage is the opening segment of Tractate Beitsah, which begins “An egg that was laid on a holiday . . .”. (Video, 3 minutes, in Hebrew.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Jewish music, Judaism, Talmud

Hamas’s Tactics of Attrition and Extortion Are Paying Off

Feb. 21 2020

In January, the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visited Iran after promising the Egyptian government that he would not. Cairo responded by cutting exports of cooking gas and tires to the Gaza Strip. Facing a possible domestic crisis, the terrorist group recently resumed sending balloon-borne explosives into Israel, and allowed other jihadists to fire rockets. The move succeeded, despite retaliatory strikes by the IDF, writes Elior Levy:

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