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Judean Music

Elliot Toman

To complement the ‘Judean Voices’ art exhibition by Moshe Katz, I’ve included songs by each of the musicians he highlighted. In addition is Nicole Raviv, a Canadian Israeli singer. Nicole’s musical influences resemble a traveling journey throughout the Middle East and the world. She has performed with Grammy award winning musicians and producers in the United States, Canada as well as Israel. Nicole’s cover of a song by Idan Raichel, “Mima’amakim” (Out of the Depths), resonated with her because of its powerful message about being saved as well as the biblical imagery and verse depicting a beautiful love story. 

Darren Glick

Nicole Raviv, “Mima’amakim”
Karen Bella, “Jack Honey”
Young Zion (Mikael Rochman), “Truth”
Geddy Lee (Rush), “Tom Sawyer”
Gene Simmons (KISS), “Beth”
Sammy Davis Jr., “The Candy Man”
 Susanna Hoffs, “My Side of the Bed”
Koolulam, “Believer”
David Lee Roth (Van Halen), “Jump”
David Draiman (Disturbed), “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”
Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Avi Delevanti, (feat. Nissim Black) “Peace in the World”
Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys) “Sabatoge”
Yoni Z, “Hallelukah”
Lenny Kravitz, “Johnny Cash”
Nissim Black, “The Hava Song”
Matisyahu, “One Day”
Noah Shufutinsky (Westside Gravy and Michael Gutman) “Retzakh”
Leonard Cohen, “Waiting for the Miracle”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Amy Winehouse, “Back To Black”
Paula Abdul, “Forever Your Girl”
Barbra Streisand, “Avinu Malkeinu” 
Eden Alene, “Stone Cold”
Adam Levine (Maroon 5), “Lost”

B’Tzelem Elokim: Judean Voices

Elliot Toman

B’Tzelem Elokim means we are all made in God’s image. It is the ultimate message of diversity and inclusion—a message that equalizes all to one divine standard, a message that is beyond divisive or judgmental criteria. This concept is a tenant of Jewish faith and identity for the Judean people, who share a common culture, language, tradition, and even DNA regardless of physical appearance. In a world that has finally come to embrace diversity, such a fundamental truth should be acknowledged in a nation that embraced it long before it was common.

The history of the Jewish people is a complex one stretching back thousands of years. Two enduring characteristics have remained true. The first is that Judean identity extends far beyond religion to a common culture amid great diversity. The second is that throughout all the tragedy and pain, Jews have persevered in their efforts to spread light into the world, often through the arts.

This exhibition is a tribute to and celebration of the diversity of the Judean people—a diversity that transcends phenotype as well as religious beliefs, as a number of the singers featured consider themselves atheist despite their ethnic and cultural ties to the Judean people. As well, in the spirit of B’Tzelem Elokim, it is also a tribute to the beauty and divinity of art to transcend all boundaries among people.

Moshe Katz

Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib, 1953)
Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz, 1949)
Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)
Susanna Hoffs (1959)
Koolulam Ben Yefet (1992)
David Lee Roth (1954)
Disturbed (David Draiman, 1973)
Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman, 1941)
Avi Delevanti (1989)
Beastie Boys Adam Yauch (1964-2012); Adam Horovitz (1966); Michael Diamond (1965)
Yoni Z (Yoni Zigelboum, 1991)
Lenny Kravitz (1964)
Nissim Black (1986)
Matisyahu (Matthew Paul Miller, 1979)
West Side Gravy (Noah Shufutinsky, 2000)
Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)
Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham, 1986)
Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
Paula Abdul (1962)
Barbra Streisand (1942)
Eden Alene (2000)
Maroon 5 (Adam Noah Levine, 1979)

Issue III

Elliot Toman

What is Truth?

What has become obvious in this new era of truth decay is that the press is more interested in shaping stories than telling truths. News stories are now simply “narratives,” in which readers and viewers are directed what to think. Best practices now include moralizing. The distinction between news and editorial is now forever blurred.

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Truth Is

Truth is the Foundation, the Bedrock
The Seminal Seed
It is the Pathway, the Direction
Paved by footsteps of the Freed

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Light Midnight Sky

it’s like one of those nightswhen it never gets darkand you don’t really know why. could be city lights,or tomorrow’s rain cloudsfilling up the whole sky you look out the window at one AMwhen it’s always dark as can bebut tonight there is lightshining pretty true brightas far as the eye can see. with maybe…

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Disinformation is Power

Jonathan Rauch

The American founders, like Plato, predate modern psychological jargon, but they possessed deep psychological insight, and they recognized that the problem of sociopathic behavior challenges every social order.

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Literature for Humanity

This is what literature is; this is exactly what literature is for. To speak to all of us humans, across time, across place, across race, across poverty and wealth, across religion.

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Living in an Endless Mirage

We dwell in a world where it is impossible to distinguish between the real and the illusory, the authentic and the fake, the Truth and the Lie.

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Wisdom in the Age of Chaos

In many ways, The Unbroken Thread is a book of paradoxes, with the central paradox being that the traditions of structure and restraint are the very keys to freedom and growth for the human experience in both body and spirit.

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The New American Rebel Seeks the Truth

The American rebel is asking questions, the American rebel is pushing back, the American rebel is doing this against the concerted effort of being silenced, attacked, and targeted for cancellation by the Woke mob and their allies in Big Tech, government, and the media.

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Truth in the World of Sophistry

There is truth. It does exist, but it is not about who has power. It’s not about who you are or what you are, it’s about what you think.

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Nevergreen

Andrew Pessin

Nevergreen is an academic satire that examines campus cancel culture and the ideological excesses that generate it.

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Shattered Journalism

“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.”Joseph Goebbels Journalism in the United States has always been a bit of a mess. Not as worrisome as it is now, but it always had its rogues, liars, and scoundrels.  Likewise, it always had its biases. In the nineteenth century,…

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Toxic Tribalism: The Death of Humanity

The Taliban has reminded us that there really isn’t that much difference between leftists and Islamists. Both are part of a cult. Both are taught from birth to hate and segregate.

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