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Audio: Local Musicians Plan Prayer Vigil & Concert Near Kidnapping Site

Local musicians plan alternative prayer vigil & concert near kidnapping site in Gush Etzion for three captive youth.
6/24/2014, 5:42 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Part 1:

Interview with Izhar Shabi on a special prayer gathering and concert being held near the site of the kidnapping of the three Israeli youth by terrorists. Local musicians, friends and family will gather in Gavna in the Gush Etzion region for music and togetherness. Izhar Shabi also talks about his background as part of the new alternative Jewish music scene thriving in Israel. Izhar talks about his influences including his grandfather Rabbi Meir Maman, a student of the famous Sephardic hazzan Rabbi David Bouzaglo and his soon-to-be famous sister Reut Rivka, an up-and-coming opera star. He also talks about his background as guitarist who toured with the late, great Israeli singer Meir Ariel and his subsequent religious awakening.

Part 2:

Yehuda Leuchter talks about his role in the Gush Etzion vigil for the three kidnapped youth and explains the HaTzeaka, or cry-out-to-heaven gathering that takes on a quite different tone then normal prayer services. He also discusses his grandparent's origin in the Gush Etzion area and tells the tale of their kidnapping by Jordanian troops during the war of Independence in 1948.

Stay tuned at the end of the program for a very special personal message from Ben Bresky.

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A retrospective of Ben Bresky ads, commercials and promos for classic past shows including live in-studio concerts and interviews with music greats such as Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, Neshama Carlebach and more. Plus, never before heard quirky commecials and other forgotten goodies from Arutz Sheva days gone by.

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Izhar Shabi. Photo: courtesy.

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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
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