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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eau d'Humanitie! What's That Smell - Could It Be Burning Bridges & Scorched Reputations?

"Masks" and the theme of revealing what has been concealed has been the theme this pre-Purim week at Radio Free Nachlaot.

The energies of the World have also been at work revealing the concealed, and concealing the revealed. From news reports about identity thefts for assassins to character assassination allegations against beloved and charismatic spiritual leaders, masks of all kind have been ripped away to reveal the vulnerable, fallible humanity beneath.

Perhaps the ultimate lesson here is - HaShem, Master of The Universe, sees and knows EVERYTHING, and yet somehow it's much easier for us to live with that undeniable reality than the idea of our fellow humans seeing and knowing everything about us. No matter how much we want to hide, pretend, or otherwise deny our own fragility - it's there, and as Purim approaches, there's really nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. As has been said before (and will be said again): One thing you can't hide - when you're crippled inside.

So what's OUR job here at Radio Free Nachlaot? We pick up the pieces. We provide a safe, loving and musically enabling environment for our beloved Listeners. We play the music we love, the music you love, the music of our souls, the Soundtrack of Our Lives. It's OK to take your mask off when you're with us . . .

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm, 5:45pm - Rabbi Betzalel Phillip Edwards Chevrya Series (Part 7) continues.
  • 3:30pm, 6:45pm, 9:00pm - Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua - Terumah
  • 2pm - Rabbi Lazer Gurkow "The Story of Purim"
  • 4:45pm - Rabbi Moshe New "Beyond the Gallows" (yes, hang 'em high, Haman!)

Today's Musical Schedule:
  • 8:30am - 1pm - Lorelai's final "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show for the week starts with a Happy Birthday musical tribute to John Travolta and Yoko Ono (despite many protests from the listening audience) Don't worry, we only played 2 Yoko songs and believe it or not, they weren't bad! The lineup continues with songs from The Bee Gees, Santana, Pete Seeger, Lowen & Navarro, Anne Lennox, Gypsy Kings, Gogol Bordello, Black Uhuru, Coldplay, Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley and so much more. Masks, pretense, identity issues ... it's all there, you just have to listen!
  • 1pm - 6pm "Israeli Soul" Afternoon features music from Beit HaBubot, Shlomo Katz and Ariel Elisha Leon Rosen - just the thing you need to enjoy this beautiful Yerushalmy day!
  • 6pm - David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars" is featured in a double album "Compare and Contrast" set which is followed by Bob Marley's "Legend" album. What could be more diametrically opposed to each other than Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona - the ultimate in artifice - and Bob Marley - the ultimate in naturalness? But ... who is wearing the mask here? Is Bowie really the Great Pretender, is Bob really the Natural High? Think about it!
  • 8pm - The String Cheese Incident - the greatest of them all! - continues until Steve Levine takes over the controls and brings us his "Cookin' for Erev Shabbos" Show starting between 9 and 9:30pm - stay tuned and see what's cookin' for Shabbos ... one thing about Steve, he'll never deceive you! 
Enjoy your beautiful day - don't let it slip away. We love you. Shabbat Shalom in advance!