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Why Bob Dylan’s haunting comeback album sounds just as Jewish as it ever did

By Seth Rogovoy, The ForwardPublished January 25, 2023

When Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind album was first released in September 1997, it was hailed as a full-fledged comeback for the rock poet, who seemed to have lost his way for most of the previous decade. His last album of original songs was 1990’s...

Randy Fleisher and Bruce Springsteen. Photo courtesy or Randy Fleisher.

My “rock ‘n roll rabbi’s” mini-sabbatical will be epic

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished January 23, 2023

My rabbi is taking a sabbatical. Rabbi Randy Fleisher of Central Reform Congregation also happens to be a mentor. He was my first summer camp counselor in 1981, where he made sure I studied for my bar mitzvah instead of going to activities one hour...

The Beatles Public Domain

Discussion on The Beatles’ album ‘Rubber Soul’ at Mirowitz

Published January 19, 2023

On Tuesday, January 24th, University instructor Neil Davis will lead a free, in-person Mirowitz Center discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. on The Beatles’ 1965 album “Rubber Soul,” which many consider to be one of the bands’ best. Register online or...

She is a new and amazing voice in Jewish kids music

She is a new and amazing voice in Jewish kids music

Rick Recht, Special For The Jewish LightPublished January 9, 2023

January is “New Year’s Resolution” season, another opportunity to dream in color about our lives and what we need to do to live them in the best way possible. Part of that is also dreaming in color about the whole world, and how we can make it a...

Ethan Leinwand

Local Jewish pianist reviving series of ragtime concerts

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish LightPublished December 22, 2022

Ethan Leinwand is an internationally known blues piano player. Leinwand, a Jewish St. Louisan, said that after thousands of gigs, he still has to conquer self-doubt when he takes the stage. “Performing piano is not easy at all,” said Leinwand, 39....

Distant Cousins—the popular Los Angeles-based band featuring former Blue Fringe frontman Dov Rosenblatt, Moshav’s Duvid Swirsky and singer-songwriter Ami Kozak—

Band places impressive song in impressive Hanukkah film

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished December 21, 2022

(JNS) The latest entry to the ever-growing musical category of “modern Hanukkah songs” has arrived. Distant Cousins—the popular Los Angeles-based band featuring former Blue Fringe frontman Dov Rosenblatt, Moshav’s Duvid Swirsky and singer-songwriter...

Brothers Lazaroff offering special Hanukkah gifts for fans in St. Louis and beyond

Brothers Lazaroff offering special Hanukkah gifts for fans in St. Louis and beyond

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 18, 2022

The Brothers Lazaroff hope the experience that is their annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo concert is one fans will continue to enjoy now Hanukkah is underway. "Got a little Hanukkah treat we wanted to share before we hibernate for a bit," wrote brothers Jeff...

These new Hanukkah music videos show defiance

These new Hanukkah music videos show defiance

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished December 18, 2022

(JNS) Three Hanukkah music videos have been released that are bound to get people’s attention. All three explicitly or implicitly reference the rise in antisemitism. The first is from rapper Nissim Black, who now lives in Israel. The video for...

Lior Melnick (top left) and his fellow Six13 members.

Jewish a capella sensation Six13 returns with new video “Elton Johnukah”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 15, 2022

“Jews are ready/Doughnuts with jelly" is the opening line from Jewish a cappella greats Six13 newest release for Hanukkah, and it literally made me, as the kids like to say, lol (laugh out loud). "You don't have to be a #LatkeMan to join in -- just...

Here are all 4 versions of Adam Sandlers Chanukah Song

Here are all 4 versions of Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 14, 2022

In an interview, last week with a New York radio station, Jewish comedy legend Adam Sandler said he recently showed his daughters the spot on 56th and Broadway where he stood in front of a diner and first had the idea for what would become his famous...

Every American Hanukkah special, movie and TV episode worth knowing about

Every American Hanukkah special, movie and TV episode worth knowing about

By PJ GrisarPublished December 13, 2022

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Hanukkah’s profile has grown over the years due to its proximity to Christmas. It’s also true that because of this nearness, it is the Jewish holiday most Christians are familiar with. And yet, while...

American actor Ed Asner as newspaper editor Lou Grant in the US TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show, circa 1975. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Almost immortal Asner, Menzel, Celeb “Wheel,” Whale and Bellow

By Nate Bloom , Special to the Jewish LightPublished December 13, 2022

The animated film “Diary of a Whimpy Kid: Roderick Rules” began streaming on Dec. 2.  ED ASNER, who died in 2021 at age 91, has a starring (voice) role. Asner, a Kansas City native, loved to work and at the time of his death he had completed 10 TV...

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