Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Monday, May 28, 2007

Rabbi David Zeller z"l - audio interview archive

Rabbi David Zeller z"l performing live with Mordechai Zeller on The Beat with Ben Bresky, Nov. 12, 2006.

Rabbi David Zeller z"l speaking live on A Light Unto the Nations with Ari & Jeremy, June 20, 2005.

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Want to be guest host?

I want to try something new. Guest hosts. I want to have listeners email me a list of songs, or a list of styles of songs. I will either play your hand-crafted music mix, or I will coordinate a phone hook-up and have you actually be the host and announce the songs. What do you think? Email me if you want to be the first guest host and if you are willing to be the DJ and choose and announce the playlist.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Poems of War and Prayer - Live 2 hour mix show

Mordechai, a young poet in process of making aliyah joins us in the studio for a live poetry reading. Plus a music mix.

Hour 1:

HaMakor - rock from their exciting new album
Tapuach b'Dvash & Marina Yakubovich - the queen of Russian-Israeli klezmer
Ofra Haza - the queen of Yemenite-Israeli pop-fusion
Avi Benayoun - new single from the singer-violinist
Hilel & Natan Aviad - modern hasidic with a light electronica flavor
Aaron Razel - from his new one 2 Songs and a Week in Gush Katif
Para Aduma - new album of post-Carlebach redemption rock
The Chevra - Hasidic singers combines 4-part harmony with rock guitars
Shlomo Bar & Habrera HaTiveet - Dreamy, mystical and slightly bizarre
Hayil HaYam - a super oldie from the CD, Songs of 100 Year of Zionism

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Hour 2:

Music interspersed with poetry from

Aharit HaYamim - a great redemption rock-reggae band popular today
Aharit HaYamim - a forgotten Israeli rock band from 1972
Kosha Dillz - The Real Occupation
Idan Reichel Project - a request for the popular Israeli-Ethiopian fusion group
the cd giveaway of the week
Infected Mushroom - Israeli trance duo to get your head bobbing
Moshe "Mona" Rosenblum - the behind-the-scenes king of Jewish music
Ma Kashur - the comedy duo grooves out on Return to Sinai

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Show! Eurovision, Hasidic techno, street musicians and more...

The Beat with Ben Bresky for May 13, 2006

A mix show featuring:

* Piamenta - check out that crazy jazzy breakdown section
* Dov Handler - New hasidic singer mixes cantorial and electronica
* The Bible and I - by popular request, the quirky, funky story of Joshua and Jericho
* Moshe David Caro - the Jerusalem street musician and father of Aharit HaYamim
* Shlomo Artzi - Israel's favorite singer is back with a new hit album
* Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta - Their 1978 Eurovision song contest winner
* Shin Shin Mem - A surreal English-Hebrew track from the Na Nach singer
* Yehuda Saado - Kohav Nolad contest finalist's mellow, groovy new album
* Marylin Lerner - intrequing pianist's haunting Kaddish for the Old Man

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JIB Awards Final Round! Vote Now!

The next 2 days are your last chance to vote for your favorite blogs in the Jewish-Israel Blog awardss at

Jewish Blog Awards Empower Alternative Voices

( The Jewish and Israeli blogosphere – that is – the virtual world created by self-published web-logs, called blogs, has mushroomed in recent years and now has its own annual awards.

The blog phenomenon has changed the face of Israeli and Jewish media, as Federation-owned papers or Israeli news agencies influenced or run by the government no longer have a monopoly on information.

Critics note that blogs lack accountability, but the annual Jewish and Israeli Blog (JIBs) Awards at least allow blogs to be rated by blog-readers in accordance with their evaluation of their published material.

Israel National Radio interviewed “Akiva” from the Mystical Paths blog – the lead site operator of the 2007 JIB awards – who says the awards function to provide recognition for bloggers.

“Bloggers invest a lot of their time in their blogs,” he said. “For some people this is a passion. They spend hours a day writing and interacting with their readers to put up interesting stuff. A lot of that related to Israel, a lot of that relates to Judaism – from all perspectives. And they are very excited to say ‘Hey, someone thinks I’m doing something good – someone appreciates it.’”

Akiva says that while some bloggers receive much feedback through comments, others, with less interactive readership or without comments enabled, get their only feedback through the JIBs. “This is a chance for them to say ‘Someone out there thinks I’m doing something good.’”

The site operator says there have been many people contacting him in recent weeks complaining that they were not nominated. “There are lots of great blogs out there,” Akiva says, “but unfortunately, we didn’t pick ‘em. We asked people who they would like to vote for and had open nominations.”

Any reader, or even the bloggers themselves, were invited to submit nominations via the JIB web site. The nominations for each category were compiled, with multiple groups created in some categories to accommodate the sheer number of nominees. At the end of the preliminary voting, only the top blogs in each group in each category were advanced to the finals.

The number of Jewish and Israel-related blogs (in English) is around 1,200, Akiva says, “with 400 really active, with readers and everything.”

What is the secret to successful blogging? “It is about finding a niche where people want to hear what you have to say,” Akiva says. He concedes that blogs examining scandals in the Jewish world are some of the most popular “because everyone loves reading about problems,” but points out that most of the blogs that have reached the finals are about personal Jewish experiences and positive messages about Israel.

Several of Arutz-7’s own blogs, as well as some authored by Arutz-7 staff, have made it into the final round of JIB voting:

Fundamentally Freund – Arutz-7's first blog, by Michael Freund - Best Overall Blog Best Jewish Right-Wing Political Blog and Best Israel Advocacy Blog

Tamar Yonah – Israel National Radio's long-running star broadcaster - Best New Blog and Best Jewish Right-Wing Political Blog

Israel Beat - Israel National Radio's famed host of Jewish Music show The Beat, Ben Bresky – Best Jewish Music Blog, Best Jewish Podcast: Jam Session and Best Jewish Podcast/Audio/Video Blog

Eishet Chayil - Israel National Radio show host Malkah Fleisher's blog - Best Cooking Post

Kumah – Arutz-7 News Editor Ezra HaLevi, Israel National Radio Program Director Yishai Fleisher, Radio Host Malkah Fleisher, Correspondent Gil Ronen, Radio Host Ze'ev Orenstein and Photography Contributor Pinchas Orbach and others - Best Group Blog, Best Contribution / Jewish Blog that Made a Difference, Best Slice of Life in Israel Blog, Best Designed Jewish Blog, Best Israel Advocacy Blog, Best Jewish Humor Blog Post: Becoming a Real Israeli and Best Jewish Religious Blog-Post: The Shabbat Candle Ladies.

Israel Perspectives - Israel National Radio Campus Radio talk-show host Ze'ev Orenstein's long-running political commentary blog - Best Jewish Right-Wing Political Blog.

ADDeRabbi - Arutz-7 Latest News Correspondent Elli Fischer's long-running blog - Best Jewish Religious Blog-Post: Ball-Playing Rabbis, Best Torah Blog Post: Why God Chose Abraham, Best Jewish Picture or Video Post: Sukkot on Campus and Best Jewish News-Post: The RCA Conversion Scandal: What's the Real Issue?

Point of Pinchas - Arutz-7 photography contributor Pinchas Orbach - Best Jewish Photo/Graphics Blog, Best Series: Only in Israel, Best Jewish Picture or Video Post: "It Shall Come to Pass": 7 NBN Summer 2007 Flights and Best Jewish Personal Blog.

Additionally, two Arutz-7 live-blogged photo essays cross-posted on the Kumah blog are in the finals for Best Jewish Live Event Coverage Blog-Post: Vineyards Uprooted, Trees Destroyed, Media Silent Because They Were Planted & Tended by Jews and We Return to Homesh! Ben Bresky's photo coverage of the Jam Session that took place in Arutz-7's studio was advanced to the finals in that category as well.

Polls close on May 16 at 10 PM US-EDT.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Lag BaOmer Live from Meron!

The Beat with Ben Bresky for May 6, 2007

Part 1:
Ben Bresky and Yishai Fleisher travel to the town of Meron for the annual mass celebration of Lag BaOmer at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for all-night bonfires, music, road trip stories and more.

Part 2:
- Lag BaOmer by Ehud Banai from his new live 3 CD set
- live Israeli style klezmer by Moshe "Moussa" Berlin
- Never Again by Remedy
- Misirlou by Dick Dale and the Del-tones from the Pulp Fiction Sountrack
- Misirlou by Seymour Rechtzeit from Yiddish Masterpieces
- You and I by Yansufa Shel Mazel from Sugar-Free Love Songs

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Vote for Israel Beat with Ben Bresky in the JIB Awards

I have been nominated for the Jewish-Israeli Blog Awards. This week is the next round of voting.

Vote for me in Live Event Coverage - Group B - Israel Beat - Photos of Jam Session.
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In about a week, voting will begin for Best Podcast. Please remember to vote for me there as well.

Also vote for my contribution to Humor Post - Group A - Kumah - Becoming a Real Israeli.
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I also recommend voting for my friends, Kumah and Frank Yehudi. Thank you to the JIB Awards committee and all the blogs that I enjoy reading.

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