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      The Israel Beat blog is a place for poetry submission, concert announcemnets, upcoming shows and musings on Jewish music. The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast brings you live in-studio performances with up and coming Israeli musicians as well as interviews with the stars of the Jewish music world. Plus your music requests and the free CD give-away air live on the show. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. The Beat with Ben Bresky broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio. For more info email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com.

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      Elul 13, 5769, 9/2/2009

      Poetry Submission - Tzuri by Alan D. Busch

      by Alan D. Busch

      Teach me to be whoever I am.
      Share the secrets of Your sage text.
      Shape me into a vessel for thy purpose serve
      my portion may I merit in the next.

      Your mitzvos guide me along the path,
      chasing them lest I lose my way.
      I endure by the strength you provide me,
      the depth of my soul I deepen each day.
      How frail was I when You formed me,
      into my nostrils a soul You did breathe,
      fault me none too severely when I lapse
      from this world when you call me to leave.
      My fabric is torn I do need it mend
      I sew but to no avail it doth seem.
      Strengthen my stitch with resilient thread
      let my life’s fabric be “le’orech yamim".
      Alan D. Busch


      Tzuri - my rock
      mitzvos - commandments
      le’orech yamim - for length of days

      A wedding prayer for my friends whose names are Noam, "pleasantness" and Tehilla, "praise".

      To submit your poetry of Jewish and / or Israeli content send an email to bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.

      Elul 4, 5769, 8/24/2009

      Religious Female Israeli Jewish Rock Band Tofa'ah

      Press release

      Tofa’ah Releases 10th CD

      Jerusalem’s Tofa’ah, the world’s first all-woman Jewish rock band, continues its trailblazing tradition with the release of its 10th album. Feel the Power pushes the envelope from the opening notes of the title song to the mystical Windows on the Water that concludes the CD.  This is only to be expected from a group of musicians Lenny Solomon calls “the matriarch Jewish rock band” and the Rockin’ Rebbetzin, Michele Gardner, considers “a true phenomenon.”

      When Tofa’ah started – the first all-women Jewish rock-and-roll/blues/jazz band that would play only for women – nothing like it had ever been seen. It continues to dazzle today, performing for tens of thousands of women at concerts sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality each year, as well as in smaller, intimate venues.  The band's mission is to inspire women to find their voice, joy and spirituality. To that end, Tofa'ah performs for women across the entire Israeli political and religious spectrum.

      The unifying purpose, the high level of musicianship and the sound of Tofa’ah remain unique in the world of Jewish music. The album journeys through rock and roll, prayerful ballads and a rousing 12-bar blues, with the band’s signature lush rhythms creating a heartbeat over which melodies dance in unexpected twists and turns.

      Speaking of the power of unity, appreciating the small details, by turn stilling in a moment of raw personal prayer, or dancing exuberantly, Feel the Power may be Tofa’ah’s most compelling, intimate work to date. 

      Tofa’ah will be launching the Feel the Power concert tour with several large events in the Jerusalem area, planned to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

      Av 21, 5769, 8/11/2009

      The Anders Nerman Band live in Jerusalem

      The Anders Nerman Band
      Sunday August 16th 8:30PM
      at the Caanan Bar at 15 Shammai Street near Ben Yehuda Street http://cnaan.rafram.org

      25 shekels or 20 shekels for students


      Drumming with him is the legendary Zeev Macklin and with Jonathon "the bass" Fialka and Dov Dov on guitar - crazy talented guitarist, the line up is one of the best you'll find all summer.

      "Anders harnesses the chilled out folk sounds of the Canadian West Coast and unites it with a traditional ethnic rhythm that only Jerusalem can inspire. "
      "Anders... he's a powerhouse of funk, rock and reggae that won't let you go till he's turned off the mic"
      Anders is a singer songwriter and has written and recorded songs for the Osbornes TV show, and has cowritten music  with Canadian Country Music Award Winner Jesse Farrell and Simon Collins.

      Tammuz 24, 5769, 7/16/2009

      Poetry Submission: Ode to my Father by Sam Green

      Ode to My Father
      by Sam Green

      My father told me, of a land, where we once live and dwelled
      In our hearts we will remember all our days
      Two rivers ran together, and be came one mighty flood
      We grew our food, and taught the wisdom to our young

      In relative, we lived in peace and harmony
      Those enemies cut us down so many times
      My father told me, you must use your brains and not your might
      And put the flames out, before they rages to far

      Though the Russians, had invaded his home town
      He join the racks, and came a captain of supply
      At the border he wrote home, every day
      That its peaceful now, and hope it will last

      Then the Germans killed, and bombed six hundred miles
      And the army had dispersed, and gone there only way
      After walking back to the village, were he was born
      Walking three months, as a peasant man in rags

      He saw, and was an eye witness, to the murder of three towns
      In his heart and soul he said, never again
      From the ashes, nechomer his Partisan, became a force
      And there was a one hundred thousand marks on his head

      I can remember, and still proud to know this man
      May he rest in peace, and I hope peace is found
      He work so hard, for those people, all around
      And live and died, and became a legend of this town

      May he rest in peace, and hope that peace is found
      May he rest in peace, and hope that peace is found

      Sam Green (c.) 2009-02-07

      Tammuz 23, 5769, 7/15/2009

      Poetry Submission: Masada by Ian Heiss

      Today I stood on Masada
      As the sun began to rise.
      A reflection
      of a reflection
      Of G-d's eyes.

      My toddling steps must have pleased Him
      As he played for me that morn,
      On the granite reeds of the Moab
      A soft tune on the judgement Horn.

      Ian Heiss

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      To submit your poem of Jewish and/or Israeli content email bbresky@israelnationalradio.com with the subject line: Poetry Submission.

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