Articles By: Hislahavus

Hislahavus is an avid Jewish music collector. He gets a kick out of varied and eclectic music, and is in heaven when friends join him at the Shabbos table to sing some Chabad d'veykus niggunim and Sefardi zemirot. He works in the youth industry, where he puts his passion for good Jewish music to work. He plays flute - though not professionally, by any means, and is the Baal Tefillah and Baal Koreh at his local shteeble.

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Kol Haneshama Sheli

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Kol Haneshama Sheli

                      Benny’s back! And how! Let’s talk a quick jog through an album of striking fun and poignancy. Toda: **** Benny walks us into his new album with a solid opener. A light guitar over an electro-beat brings us into his golden voice. The lyrics [&hellip

Single: Yaancha from the Piamentas and Naftali Kalfa

Singer and songwriter Naftali Kalfa rejoins his friends, Yossi and Avi Piamenta, with a beautiful tune written in the merit of a speedy recovery for Yossi, who has not been well lately. Refuah Shlaima, Yossi!

A Uniqe Single from HaLev VehaMaayan

A Uniqe Single from HaLev VehaMaayan

HaLev Vehamaayan: These guys have been ultra busy, popping out stunning albums like popcorn! Well, the latest is something for the ages: An album of niggunim that rise from the ashes of the Holocaust. These tunes, researched by clarinetist Chilik Frank, all have stories behind them, which apparently will be retold on the album as [&hellip

Meet the brilliant התזמורת העממית!

Talented Israeli bassist and cellist Naor Carmi, of Halev Vehamaayan, is back with another of his groups, the energetic Hatizmoret Ha’Amamit! On their recently released debut album, Ahava Rabba, the popular band whips out old Chabad niggunim, including this spirited classic, Vechol Karnei. A bit of reggae, a touch of big band, a hint of [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Hooleh

Hislahavus’ Review of Hooleh

                      The ever-popular 8th Day’s new album is out, and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard opinions on it hither and thither. Personally, I follow Andy Statman’s sage advice not to cast aspersions on a disc until it’s been given a [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Simchat Olam: Songs of R’ Yitzchak Ginsburg

Hislahavus’ Review of Simchat Olam: Songs of R’ Yitzchak Ginsburg

                My ears are smiling. They were just treated to a musical spa – an album containing the spirited and spiritual, whimsical and wow: Simchat Olam, a compilation of songs by the eminent Kabbalist, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg. Rabbi Ginsburg has had his compositions performed numerous times in the [&hellip

Interview with R’ Tuvia Bolton: “Gaaguim”

Interview with R’ Tuvia Bolton: “Gaaguim”

            Rabbi Tuvia Bolton is a fascinating person; not your typical artist, by any means. A Rosh Yeshiva and Maggid Shiur for many years at the Ohr Temimim yeshiva for Baalei Teshuva in Kfar Chabad, he has also released 3 solid albums (Behind the Castle Wall, Kav Hamashveh, and Moshiach [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Bnei Heichala

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Bnei Heichala

                      Fans of nostalgia will enjoy Benny’s new album, Bnei Heichala. In a world of albums that exhibit collections and medleys, this one is unique. It seems to me that the decision to pull particular tunes was made to draw from as wide a swath [&hellip

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Hislahavus’ Review of the Naftali Kalfa Project

Hislahavus’ Review of the Naftali Kalfa Project

                A pretty unpretentious name. But oh-boy, Naftali Kalfa pulled off a coup. The austerely-named Naftali Kalfa Project is no back-yard project; rather, it’s a distinctive artistic work, drawing from a plethora of artisans to produce a singularly beautiful double album. You may remember Kalfa from his previous [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Aaron Holder’s Something Stronger

Hislahavus’ Review of Aaron Holder’s Something Stronger

                        While we’ve been overrun by talent contests of all types, there have been a few bright spots. One of them is Jewish Star alum Aaron Holder, who has recently released his debut album, Something Stronger. You may remember Holder’s unique Marianas Trench-deep baritone, [&hellip

Cool New App – Matisyahu’s Happy Chanukah!

Cool New App – Matisyahu’s Happy Chanukah!

                Looking for a kid’s Chanukah gift that’s inexpensive, Jewish themed, and a ton of fun? App-maker Mibblio just released Matisyahu’s hit song Happy Chanukah on their Jam Along series! On this cool iPad program, you can deconstruct each layer of the song, and add all sorts of [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Andy Statman’s Superstring Theory

Hislahavus’ Review of Andy Statman’s Superstring Theory

                      Superstring Theory may be the title of the album, but the truth is it’s super-string in reality – no theoreticals about it! The great returns with another of his genre-busting records, pushing his trio to a quintet with the addition of two brilliant musicians, [&hellip