The noted author and political thinker drops by our studio to talk about his other passion: Israeli music and the ways it has shaped the country.
Israel’s Mizraḥi Rihanna.
The annual piyyut festival.
From ḥasidic melody to Zionist anthem.
An Indian who fell in love with the Jewish state.
Why a cheesy competition with bad music and outrageous costumes matters.
The Eurovision contest and the mini-marts.
Naomi Shemer’s “Let It Be.”
From Independence Day celebrations to Eurovision.
For all these things . . .
A short history.
The new era of religious inquisitiveness.
He brought Zionist folk songs to America.