HaBanot Nechama is one of the best bands I've ever heard from Israel. They're music is a nice little mixture of folk and reggae, and their vocal harmonies are just spot on. Also, I don't think anyone has ever made Hebrew sound so sexy. This is one of the songs from their self-titled debut album which came out in August of 2007. Since then the girls have been working on their own solo projects. It is unfortunate that most conversations about Israel always focus on the political situation and rarely touch on cultural themes. Israel advocacy groups desperately need to add a cultural element to their efforts. Anyways, enjoy!
Action and discussion have always been integral parts of Judaism. The halakha acts as a guideline that weighs in on even the smallest details of our day to day actions. We owe much of our strength as a people to the centuries of active and engaged Talmudic debate that has honed our analytical and persuasive skills. Nowadays things have changed. For many of us the halakha as a guideline has become outdated. We struggle to find the time to engage and discuss Jewish issues. Judaism remains a central part of who we are, but not of what we do. ReJEWvenate will provide a forum to change this. It will act as an avenue through which we can reengage current issues of Jewish identity, explore new trends in modern Jewish culture, and give new breath to the traditions we've inherited in order to make them relevant in our day to day lives. Through active discussion and debate, we seek to reJEWvenate our Judaism and once again make it part of what we do, not just who we are.