MUSIC Archive

Spotlight: Ofir Ben Shitrit an Israeli Singer

by Gideon In 2013, at the age of 17, Ofir Ben Shitrit, an Orthodox Jewish Israeli singer, won a 2nd place on Israel’s version of “The Voice,” a television singing competition. Ofir Ben Shitrit was suspended from …

Shlomi Shabat – Live

Shlomi Shabat is an Israeli vocalist who sings in the Mizrahi style. He was born in Israel to a family that immigrated from Turkey. He sings in Hebrew, Turkish, and Spanish. The following is a collection of …

Great Israeli Songs by Yehuda Poliker

Yehuda Poliker  is an Israeli singer, songwriter, musician, and painter.  He composes in a variety of styles on subjects relating to Israeli society. With his powerful vocals and dynamic stage persona, Yehuda Poliker has been a …

What Israeli soldiers are singing about?

by Gideon A lot can be learned about a nation and its values by the type of songs its soldiers sing. There are countries where soldiers sing songs about defeating enemies, glorious victories, or about the next …

Israeli Mizrahi (Oriental) Music

By Gideon The transformation  of the European influenced traditional Israeli music, and of the Middle Eastern influenced Mizrachi Israeli music, into an all inclusive “Israeli Music” symbolizes the transformation of the Israeli society from a society of new immigrants  into …

Israeli music

Israeli music is as diverse as the Jewish people.  Jews brought with them to Israel their music  from all over the world, where it was absorbed, reinterpreted, and reinvented as a unique  and distinctive musical culture. Israeli music is influenced by …

The Cultural History of Israel

The following is an excerpt from the book Futurizing the Jews: Alternative Futures for Meaningful Jewish Existence in the 21st Century by Tsvi Bisk and Moshe Dror Israel’s cultural history has developed in a different direction. The …