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Audio: Ariel Zilber on Becoming Religious, Gush Katif & Music

A classic interview with a classic singer. The controversial Ariel Zilber speaks out.
2/6/2014, 7:43 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Last week Ariel Zilber won a special award for his over 40 years in the music world. Now listen to this classic interview from 2005 as Ariel Zilber talks about his music and life, becoming religious and Gush Katif. 

Tune in as one of Israel's most well-known singers talks about how he studies Torah, but doesn't wear a kippah and was considered the archetypical secular sabra singer, a far cry for today. Plus, his thoughts on living in Gush Katif months before the Disengagement from Gaza. And of course, some of his classic songs such as Ten Li Koach, Rutzi Shmulik, and new tracks from his new "religious" themed albums.

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Left:  Israeli singer Ariel Zilber cries in front of the memorial monument of Liron Harpaz, who was killed by a Palestinian gunman in front of her house in October 2001, at the Elei Sinai settlement in northern Gaza Strip August 14, 2005. Credit: Reuters.

Right: Ariel Zilber receives a prize for contribution to music at a ceremony of the Israeli Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers of Music in Tel Aviv on February 3, 2014. Credit: Flash 90.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit http://IsraelBeat.blogspot.com
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