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The Black and Jewish “Blind Boy” of Blues

By On February 5, 2014

Ten years ago a Jewish reggae musician named Matisyahu took the world by storm. His music was catchy and heartfelt, and it helped that his look was a novelty: a white Hasidic man in a genre… Read More


An American Folksinger With A Hasidic Twist

By On August 13, 2013

When you first listen to Levi Robin‘s tender, breathy vocals and hypnotic fingerpicking, what comes to mind is likely Iron & Wine or Bob Dylan. But if you close your eyes and listen to the lyrics,… Read More


Matisyahu, the Exorcist

By On June 5, 2012

Horror movies are all about planting unexpected things in unexpected places to scare the hell out of you. The trailer for the new horror film The Possession, in theatres August 31 (watch the trailer) does just that. There’s… Read More


Shabbat Without a Sun

By On November 3, 2011

The film 30 Days of Night tackled the perplexing question: What do vampires do in northern Alaska, where the sun doesn’t show for an entire month? (Answer: they have a huge feast.) But it calls to… Read More


Choosing to Be Jewish

By On February 23, 2011

Derek’s parents are divorced. He lives with his mother in Colorado, where they’re converting to Judaism. He’s nervous, hopeful, and incredibly well-spoken about their plans–“I love being a Jew,” he says. “I think… Read More


A Hazzan in the Opera House

By On November 5, 2010

Matisyahu might have been the first Hasidic Jew to perform inside MTV’s studio, but he wasn’t the first Orthodox Jew to be an American music superstar. Yossele Rosenblatt immigrated to America in 1912, at… Read More


Matisyahu Meets the Ukulele

By On September 21, 2010

Picture it: A crowded public bus. Someone pulls out a ukulele and begins jamming. Within seconds, the entire bus is singing along to the song. Now, imagine that the song is Matisyahu‘s anthem… Read More