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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You've Got to be Cruel to be Kind (Sometimes)

After breaking the Two Tablets upon which HaShem had engraved the 10 Commandments, Moses destroyed the Golden Calf on this day in Jewish History (18 Tammuz 1313BCE) and went back up to Mt. Sinai to plead G-d's forgiveness for the sin of the Jewish People.

The breaking of the Tablets has been likened to a King who marries a woman and hands her ketubah to a trusted servant for safekeeping. Later, grave charges are brought against the woman, and the servant tears up the ketubah in hopes that she will be judged less harshly as an unmarried woman than as a married woman. That is to say, the Children of Israel had not yet been given the 10 Commandments and Moses, seeing them commit spiritual adultery with the Golden Calf, destroyed the two tablets so that they would not have had the responsibility of receiving them and therefore the judgement against their idolatry would have been all that much more severe.

Perhaps one of the earliest instances of the principle "You have to be cruel to be kind" in action. Moses was so closely bonded with the Jewish People he was willing to destroy the Two Tablets to save them from themselves.

How do we behave when we need to be cruel to be kind? Do we sometimes have to withhold good from someone we love in order to ensure they receive an even greater good? Do we have the strength that Moses exhibited, to do what he could to minimize the damage his beloved ones were doing to themselves? Does more Gevurah lead to more Chessed, and where is the line and how is it crossed and how do we bear the pain of the in-between?

From Moses we learn love is devotion to the truth, and we also learn that truth is both absolute and relative. The absolute truth of G*d's intention that Israel should be His Bride was tempered by the relative truth that they were not yet worthy to be so, and Moses' smashing of the Tablets and destruction of the Golden Calf were acts of mercy although they looked like acts of judgement.

So if you have to be cruel to be kind today, do it like Moshe Rabbanu did - with anguish that it had to be done at all, with fear of Heaven and a heart to interceed and an eye that sees the "Nikudah Tovah" (good point) even within what looks like a bad situation.

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm, 11:20pm: Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua "Pinchas"
  • 2pm: "Completing the Choshen" Rabbi Chaim Richman
  • 4pm: Halacha of the 17th of Tammuz and the Three Weeks - Rabbi Yosef Shusteman
  • 4:30pm: History of the Hatred that Destroyed the Holy Temple - Rabbi Shmuel Irons

Today's Music Schedule:
  • 8am - 12:30: Lorelai's "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show - live from her undisclosed location deep inside Nachlaot!
  • 12:30pm: Ben Bresky's "The Beat" featuring his interview with Israeli band "Terra Rosa"
  • 1pm - 6pm: "Israeli Soul" Afternoon starts with music from Sasha Rose and at 2:30pm we'll play Rav Kook poetry performed by Itzchak Evan Shays & Greg Wall & the Latter Prophets.
  • 6pm: Dan Licks and His Hot Licks - "Beatin' The Heat" 
  • 7pm: The Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street"
  • 8pm: Bob Dylan "Blood on the Tracks"
  • 9pm: Eric Clapton and Stevie Winwood (Live 2008)
  • 11:30pm: Linda Rondstat & Emmylou Harris "The Western Wall 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

17 Tammuz - The Three Weeks Begins with a BANG (or is that a Fast commemorating a Bang?)

It's here again, The Three Weeks - that inauspicious time between 17 Tammuz and 9 Av which is Chock-Full-O-Trouble for the Jewish People.

Seems like everything that can go wrong did go wrong during these 3 weeks, and as we know history isn't a linear time-line, it's an ascending spiral - things are the way they are, only more so. Genesis (the rock group, not the 1st book of the Torah) says in their song "Carpet Crawlers" - ""It's the bottom of a staircase that spirals out of sight."

In our case, out of sight isn't exactly out of mind. Jews are often called "People of the Book" but they just as well might be called "People of the Datebook / Calendar" because what comes around goes around, over and over again. Oh, when will Time itself be rectified? Our Sages tell us that when Moshiach (Messiah) comes, fast days will turn to feasts, the crooked will be made straight & the rough places smooth, the wicked will be punished and the good rewarded, and it's very likely we won't be constantly remembering, reenacting, commemorating and reliving the past over and over just like the movie "Groundhogs Day" but - until then - we're on a SYSTEM, and according to the Rules and Regulations of that system - we're going through it, again.

We do things a little differently during the Three Weeks. You may notice less boisterous music from now until 1 Av - and from between 1 Av - 9 Av, very different kind of programming - stay tuned for more on that in a few days - but meanwhile, here's what's up for today on Radio Free Nachlaot:

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm, 5pm, 4:40am - Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua "Pinchas." 
  • 2pm - Rebbetzin Rena Richman's "Bat Melech" Series - "Tammuz: Reflecting Backwards"
  • 3pm - Rabbi Chaim Richman, "Holiness in the World"
  • 4pm - Rabbi Moshe New "17th of Tammuz"

Today's Music Schedule:
  • 9am - 1pm: Lorelai's "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show features music of loss and longing as we begin to reflect musically the more subdued spirit of the Three Weeks.
  • 1pm - 6pm: Music from David Grisman, Andy Statman and the Baal haSulaam
  • 6pm: The Blues Project: Projections (1966)
  • 7pm: Bob Dylan: Before the Flood (1974)
  • 8:30pm: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Live in Squaw Valley (8-25-91)
  • 10:30: Bruce Springsteen "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (1978)
  • 11:15pm: Joe Sample "Rainbow Seeker"
Since today begins the 3 Weeks we're reprinting (by special request) a poem Lorelai wrote in 2000 which was originally published in 2009 and re-printed this year. Take it as you find it - we invite feedback as always via email: - and stay tuned for more Tammuz / 3 Weeks / Av programming coming up especially created - hand-crafted, in fact! - just for YOU, our beloved listeners.


Was it my window, open to the night
Inviting dark honey-suckled air, giving breath to my dreams
That made him think he could simply
And bend his golden head
To kiss my sleeping eyes awake?

I only saw him for a moment (if I really saw him at all):
Golden green shimmering silver goodbye...
But I heard him sigh
And with his kiss my eyes were open to the night
And I took flight

And I saw
Myself, flying, east, into the sun
Hovering wingless over city streets
And I saw lovers
Kissing on sidewalks
Pressed up against rain-slicked doorways
Inhaling each others souls.
And, passing by an open window,
I saw myself
Weeping for Tammuz.

And I turned myself,
And I saw
A blind man, feeling for fruit in the open air marketplace.
Piece by piece, slow open fingers
Lingering to read the mango's sunrise color
By the smoothness of her skin,
Feather-light touches, alive with sympathy
To every demure orange-peel pucker, every jaunty ribbed rind.
Empty palms restless, seeking the weight of ripeness
Cupping each perfect pear, just-so,
So easily bruised, yielding its flesh to the barest pressure of an insistent thumb:
And in the blank reflection of his empty-eyed glasses
I saw myself
Weeping for Tammuz.

And I turned myself
And I wanted to go home, back to my blanket sleep,
Return to the carefully crafted contrite comfort
Of a cool and quiet bed for one:
Uninterrupted by the abruptness of love,
Where the sounds of my own heart
Are safely kept muffled behind locked doors,
By vigilante guards with shoot-to-kill orders:
Locked and loaded, patiently patrolling the hallways of my soul, watching for
Any wrong motives
Any wrong moves
Any twitch of desire
Any signs of life...

O, you who woke me, put me back to sleep!
Help me forget kisses, the smell of fruit,
Hands that see better than eyes!
I tried to fly, back to my own sleeping self-
But the weight of my tears kept me earth-bound:
I cried out, voiceless, to the numbing deafness of the night:
Wailing, in the dust upon the ground
Weeping for Tammuz.

(C) 2000 Lorelai Kude All Rights Reserved

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's A Numbers Game

Well, it seems like only yesterday, but it was just 4457 years ago today (16 Tammuz) that our Ancestors, the Children of Israel, made a serious counting error.

Expecting Moses to return from Mt. Sinai as he told them he would after 40 days, the impatient and miscalculating amongst us pressured Aaron haKohen, the High Priest, into making a Golden Calf. reports:

In the year 2448 from Creation (1313 BCE), Tammuz 16 was the 40th day following the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and the people of Israel wrongly expected Moses' return from the mountain (he would actually return on the following day). When their leader failed to return, they demanded from Aaron: "Make us a god that shall go before us". Hur (Moses' nephew, the son of Miriam and Caleb) tried to stop them and was killed by the mob. Aaron fashioned a calf of molten gold.

Didn't HaShem make us with 10 fingers and 10 toes? What's the problem with counting? And why do we always repeat our mistakes? Didn't King Saul himself miscount the days when waiting for Samuel the Prophet to return to him, and when he failed to do so, took it upon himself to act in a Priestly role, stepping outside the purview of Kingship and thereby forfeiting the Monarchy itself?

HaShem seems to take counting very seriously - sometimes it's commanded as in when Moses is ordered to count the Army-worthy males of the 12 Tribes, and sometimes it's forbidden, as in when King David took a census of the people, and many times miscalculation costs us much, much more than we are able to pay. Every time disaster strikes - as in with the Golden Calf and King Saul's mis-count - all we would have had to do is WAIT JUST ONE MORE DAY!!!

Patience - how to know when to have more of it, how to know when the time for patience is at an end and the time for action has arrived? Was Aaron HaKohen's creation of the Golden Calf really a delay tactic, was he hoping it would take several days to collect enough gold to make it and was he shocked when it burst out of the fire, fully formed? When we compromise a little, are we surprised to find out how quickly the slide downhill really happens?

All that can be said is: when you think you can't wait any more and you just HAVE to take things in your own hands - WAIT JUST ONE MORE DAY and see what happens. You may avoid a world of pain that way!

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1:15pm: Rabbi Chaim Richman's "Light Unto The Nations" - Holiness In This World -The Holy of Holies is the holiest place on earth: What is holiness? How can we become holy? Can a place or time be imbued with sanctity? Torah teaches us an emphatic yes to all these questions. And the soul/time/space nexus where the holiest moment of the year, (Yom Kippur), and the holiest spot on earth , (the Holy of Holies), and the individual who represents the holiest possibility of man, (the Kohen Gadol – High Priest), meet and merge together is nothing less than the entire purpose of creation.  (REPEATS AT 2am Jerusalem Time)
  • 2pm: Rabbi Chaim Richman's series on the Breastplate of the High Priest continues with "Completing the Choshen: Faith Into Action." Holding the Choshen – Breastplate – of the High Priest in is hands, Rabbi Richman describes its details and the exhilarating feeling of faith being transformed into action through researching and recreating the Choshen which will soon be worn by the High Priest in the Holy Temple. (REPEATS at 3am)
  • 3pm: Rav Ozer Bergman of The Breslov Research Institute teaches on Rebbe Nachman's Likutey Moran. This class was originally broadcast live last Thursday night June 24th. (REPEATS at 4am)
  • 4pm: Lorelai Kude's wide-ranging very personal interview with Rav Avraham Sutton, originally recorded during the Summer of 2008 reveals fascinating insights into Rav Sutton's spiritual journey and development of his deeply insightful Kabbalistic Torah teachings. (REPEATS at 5:45am).
Today's Music Schedule:
  • 9am - 1pm: Lorelai's "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show - The Monday Edition - is back in semi-full-force - ok, it's true that we're a little more mellow these days than usual but we've got a medical excuse - and believe me, after the 3 Weeks are over, we may be rockin' it harder than ever, b'ezrat HaShem - at least until Elul! :)
  • 1pm - 6pm: "Israeli Soul" Afternoon music from Klezmorim and Yosef Karduner with some Beit HaBubot thrown in just for good measure.
  • 6pm: Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks "Alive and Lickin'" 
  • 7pm: Ella Fitzgerald "These Are The Blues" (1964)
  • 8pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter "Stones in the Road"
  • 9pm: Paul Simon's Concert in Central Park (1991)
  • 11pm: PHISH in Concert at Mountain View from 8-5-09
Stay with us throughout the 3 Weeks - we've got special programming ahead - and remember to breathe, be patient and wait just one more day before doing anything drastic!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

That Deaf, Dumb & Blind Kid ...

We've been on the air since Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5770 (the end of November 2009) and by now you should start to get how we think. So it shouldn't surprise you that today, being both the anniversary of Helen Keller's birth and The Who's original bassist John "The Ox" Entwhistle's death, we're playing TOMMY - The Who's first (and some say best) rock opera.

Yes that deaf, dumb and blind kid DOES play a mean pinball - but he couldn't have become that good without Helen Keller having gone before him. What American schoolkid grew up without learning about Helen Keller's struggle to escape the darkness of her bind and deaf world and burst upon the world with her brilliant mind?

Who among us now, even in these days, doesn't struggle to escape our own blindness and emerge from our own darkness? We have eyes but we do not see, we have ears but we do not hear - how many of us are deaf dumb and blind to the suffering around us, even with "working" eyes, ears and tongues? May He Who created our organs of sight and sound grant us illumination on every level - Selah, Amen!

Today's Schedule:
  • 10:15am - Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
  • 12:15pm - Jimmy Cliff In Concert (2002)
  • 1pm - The Incredible String Band - 5000 Spirits or The Layers (1967)
  • 2pm - TOMMY - The Who
  • 3:15pm - Joe Ely "Love and Danger"
  • 4pm - Bread & Roses
  • 5pm - Hot Tuna - Live Electric, Live Acoustic
  • 6:45pm - Rebroadcast of Rav Ozer Bergman's Thursday Night Rebbe Nachman Shiur (from June 24th)
  • 7:40pm - "The Beat" with Ben Bresky - Interview with Israeli band Terra Rosa, who draw their inspiration from "Crazy Land" of Jerusalem
  • 8pm - Chick Corea & Bela Fleck "The Enchantment"
  • 9pm - Courtyard Hounds (Dixie Chicks side project featuring Martie Mcguire & Emily Robinson)
  • 10pm - Grateful Dead from Autzen Stadium, Eugene Oregon (6-23-90)

Thursday, June 24, 2010


What happens when the Soul leaves the Body? What WILL happen when the Soul is reunited with the Body? The second blessing of the Amidah (Shmona Esri) says about HaShem, Creator of Heaven and Earth: "He sustains the living with kindness, revives the dead with abundant mercy, supports the fallen, heals the sick, releases the confined, and maintains His faith to those asleep in the dust. Who is like You, O Master of mighty deeds, and who is comparable to You, O King Who causes death and restores life and makes salvation sprout? You are faithful to revive the dead! Blessed are You, HaShem, Who revives the dead."

Baruch Dayan HaEmes - Blessed is the Righteous Judge - Shaul Avroham Elizer ben Kuna - Seth Levine - has left This World and is on his way to The Next World. Steve Levine & all the Levines far and wide are gathering in New Jersey to say farewell.  In honor of this tremendous transition and in support of Steve we're playing a lot of special music and programming. Stay tuned for more details.

This afternoon's "Israeli Soul" programming (between 1pm - 6pm Israel Time) features Jon Samuel Nelson, Laura Liebe Schulman, Nomi Teplow and Meirah Myriam beit Dovid.

At 6pm we'll play Rena Richman's latest "Bat Melech" Series - "Reflecting Back" and at 6:30pm we'll hear the McCoy Tyner Trio & Michael Brecker's "Infinity."

Our LIVE broadcast of Reb Ozer Bergman's regular Thursday Night Rebbe Nachman Shiur will begin at 8pm, Israel Time. Tonight's Shiur is sponsored by our friend Naomi in honor of her Grandson, Chanania Chaim Tzvi ben Gavriel Eliyahu HaLevi Z"TL (zecher tzadik L'vracha) who is putting on Tefillin for the first time this weekend prior to his Bar Mitzvah. Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov!

Transitions, transitions - a seed becomes a boy, a boy becomes a man, a man becomes a spirit, a spirit becomes flesh - there's no end to it, because LIFE IS ETERNAL AND THERE'S NO END TO IT, we just change "file formats" so to speak - the hard part is for the living who can't access the new "file format" of those who depart the flesh - but as the Amidah says: HaShem is faithful to revive the dead, and we KNOW He is faithful to sustain the living with kindness - we place our hope right there, and we do what we can do, whatever is given to us - thank G-d! 

If you would like to sponsor or dedicate one of Ozer Bergman's Thursday Night Rebbe Nachman Shiurim (broadcast every Thursday at 8pm Israel Time on Radio Free Nachlaot) please contact us at

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tell Me A Story ...

Oh friends, Oh loved ones, Oh Radio Free Nachlaot Listeners, Oh Universe!!! How our Souls yearn to be free, how our busy little "Monkey Minds" keep us entrapped, how constricted is our thinking when expansion is called for, how big is our imagination, how small are our expectations?

All this and more is on my mind today, my first full day back Home in the Holy Land after two weeks in California - I find myself picking through almost 700 Gigs of music for artists and songs to tell me a story, tell me a story, lull me to sleep or gently wake me to the possibilities, but whatever you do, don't stop believing - because when you drop the ball of faith all you've got is a lot of broken pieces and nothing to glue them back together with.

We'll be hearing Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua (Balak) today at 1pm and 7:45pm, and Rebbetzen Rena Richman's "Bat Melech" Series at 2pm today on the subject of "Reflecting Back" - which she describes as follows: Time is a gift from G-d, that we can channel and utilize to effect change and bring about renewal. Rosh Chodesh – the festival of the New Moon – was given especially to the women of Israel as a reward for their refusal to participate in the sin of the golden calf. Why Rosh Chodesh? What is the spiritual connection between the moon and the daughters of Israel?

As for music -  Storytelling is the theme today.
  • 6pm - Tom Petty's "Storytellers" from 1991
  • 7pm - Roseanne Cash "The List" (2009)
  • 8pm - Traffic, "Heaven In Your Mind"
  • 9pm - Indigo Girls "Poseidon & The Bitter Bug"
  • 10:30pm - The Grateful Dead, Binghampton NY (5-9-79)

By the way - Our live broadcast of Breslov Super-Group "Simply Tsfat" from the Khan of the White Donkey in Tsfat last night was a GEVALDT! We're looking forward to lots more great music from our Northern Bredren, and thanks to Moshe-Tov Krepps, Andy Alpern, Gavi Strauss & the rest of the Khan Krew for all their hard work!

Meanwhile - Steve is still in New Jersey with his brother Seth (Shaul Avroham Eliezer ben Kuna) and we're still praying. Nobody knows what is going to happen but one thing we DO know - our lives and every breath we take is in the hands of HaKadosh Baruch Hu, the Ribbonu Shel Olam - and all the love we give and receive is like a river, a long and flowing river that starts Heavenward and finishes there too, and everything in-between is part of the Long Strange Trip we call this Life.

We don't know anything at all, really - all we know is what we don't know - and the more we don't know, the more we open space within us for faith. So breathe deeply friends, loved ones, beloved listeners ... tell someone you care about that you love them today. Kiss your children, hug your friends, reach out to that person you've been keeping at a distance, forgive those who hurt you, and try your best to do no harm. Keep on truckin', and thanks for listening to Radio Free Nachlaot. We're here for you, 24/6.

Have we recently mentioned you can also listen to us on your iPhone (by clicking on the picture of the iPhone at the top of the web page) AND also you can hear Radio Free Nachlaot on iTunes Radio under the "International / World" category - well, we're mentioning it again! Let us know if you think iTunes Radio actually sounds BETTER than VLC Media Player or Windows Media Player (this is my theory I have no idea if it's actually true or if I only think this is true!). Send us an email at - we're always happy to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

There's No Place Like Home!

"All you have to do is click your heels together three times and say: There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home..."

- Glinda the Good Witch of the North to Dorothy Gale on how to return to Kansas from Oz

Oh, if only it were that easy - or if only the Star Trek episodes of our youth were finally reality and we could beam ourselves up, Scottie! Nevertheless, after two weeks of the California Tyule of 2010, Lorelai is FINALLY home in sweet home Yerushalyim - Jerusalem, the One and Only! Of course that's only half the story - half of the half! The Other Half of Radio Free Nachlaot, Steve Levine, flew to New Jersey a few days ago to see his brother Seth who is undergoing some very serious health problems - thank G*d Steve was able to be there in time, and thank YOU, our dear Radio Free Nachlaot Listeners, who have been praying for Shaul Avraham Eliezer ben Kuna (Seth Levine) during this time - don't stop! Every  prayer counts and is heard!

We've been a picture-book example of getting by with a little help from our friends - ok, a LOT of help, B"H! Special thanks to Andy Alperin who took over Streaming duties while Lorelai flew home and Steve is in the hospital with his brother.

Tonight around 9pm Israel Time we're featuring a LIVE CONCERT from the Khan of the White Donkey in Tsfat - one of our favorite groups - SIMPLY TSFAT - Andy will pick up the Stream again & send great live Holy music our way - don't forget to listen!

Thankful, thankful, thankful for friends, family & loved ones on both sides of The Pond, and sending love to one and all and thanking y'all for the love, prayers, good wishes & positive vibes-eem you're sending our way. WE FEEL IT!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The show must go on

The sun never sets on Radio Free Nachlaot - as a matter of fact, i believe in Israel the sun is probably about to be rising -- and guess what, we are broadcasting -- can you believe it?
Thanks to our "host" from his undisclosed location in Tzfat - via a connection setup in Highland Pk, NJ - we are back on the air
stay tuned here for further updates
enjoy the music

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hey Lorelai, When you comin' home, girl?

We've had a spaced-out "Sam" and a sleeping Steve (between 3:30 and 8:30 only!!!) and Thank G-d for Lorelai watching our backs from half way 'round the world -- the network does work - listeners clued us in and Lorelai picked up the stream and like we like to say, the Sun Never Sleeps on Radio Free Nachlaot -- AMEN!
we are playing a lot of Monterey Pop Festival music, and MPF influened music --- and our normal great mix of music -- including but not limited to:
1 - 6 Israeli Soul - Shlomo, Shlomo (Katz), C Lanzbom, Bnos Nechama and lots of others
Torah Schedule:
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Bat Melech series - Women of the Shadows --> Chaim Richman -" Tamuz - Seeing the Good."
4:00 - Shlomo (from Berkely)
6:00 - 7 Walkers Live -- That's Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzman and fellows -
8:00 PM - Last week's Reb Ozer - Rebbe Nachman Shiur (from Sarah and Pesach's house)
We will (IY"H) be live again next week -- but don't worry -tonight's shiur will be broadcast, IY"H before that - stay tuned!
And don't forget - starting 10pm'ish -- "Cookin' for Shabbos" (with Steve)! - and no, it's not a cooking show, silly! But it's the most tasty soundtrack around, specially designed with you in mind, as you ascend to greet the Holy Shabbos.
Ascend I say - Get Up! Go Higher!! - and let Radio Free Nachlaot help you.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Un-Announced Special - Tonight at 11:00 PM

In Celebration of their show at Madison Square Garden last night (and tonight?) in New York City we will feature James Taylor and Carole King, recorded live at the Troubadour, Los Angeles, Ca. -- 3/20/2010.
and just remember, "you've got a friend" right here, at Radio Free Nachlaot!

Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?

So? Does anyone? After two simchas in the forests of Jerusalem, is it really Wednesday morning?
or is this just the week to throw away the watches and connect with the joy that the holy Kallahs and Chatans (Brides and Grooms) have brought down, and try to live like the Jews in the desert, floating in a cloud, led by fire and smoke, without the worries of physical realities to distract them?
so, as we ponder these and other questions, let Radio Free Nachlaot be the soundtrack for your thoughts -
Today's Schedule --
12:00 - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - live
2:00 - Rabbi David Aron - Seeing G-d - part 9
4:00 - Shlomo - live from the Village Gate -
5:00 - Haorot - part 2 - Rav Kook / Jazz
6:00 - John Coltrane , Carlos Santana, and a whole lot more, and then - starting around Midnight and going until Shabbos, we will celebrate the Monterey PoP Festival, which took place between June 16th and 18th, 1967 by featuring music from the festival, and from the bands that played there. So, I ask you, where were you 6/16/67?
Exactly! Well, you can be there now, or be there again -- whichever works for you as long as you be right here at Radio Free Nachlaot!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today's King For the Day (and whole year) is:

Yes, today's King of the Day (and upcoming year) is Shaul David Judelman and of course his soon to be coronated Queen - Shayna Liba Greenspoon - will be celebrating their wedding tonight -- actually today --> tonight....and we are all going to celebrate with them -- boy, i wish i could just broadcast the wedding worldwide -- but i think the Joy that's still reverberating from Ezra and Carly's wedding plus the Simcha that's going to be generated today will make it's own Cosmic World Wide Explosion all on its own.
In honor of their wedding, we're going to start off our Israeli Soul show with a set list that Shaul prepared when he came on the radio with us when we first started this experiment -- and then more of our "regular" mix will come at you until i return with a first hand report!!!
Let's Celebrate Life everyone!!!! Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov!

Torah Today -- 2:00 PM - Rabbi David Aron - Seeing G-d - Part 8
4:00 PM - Rabbi Chaim Richman on Chodesh Tamuz - the month of Tamuz

and After our Israeli Soul we will enter the evening with the cool jazz of Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter featuring Milton Nacimento, Papa Mali, and a whole lot more!

Sing and Dance everybody, wherever you are!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Yom Sheni - The Day Between

The day between what? you say? - The Day between 2 major simchas here in Jerusalem, of course!
Yesterday we danced in the forest with Ezra and Carly - Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov, and now we prepare to dance in a different forest with Shaul and Shayna -- Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov -- what joyous times!
And even if you might say that we are living in sobering times - isolated times - periolous times -remember, it's really only in the way that we see the world -- which eyes are we using?
Remember it's Tamuz -- how are we seeing ? I pray that we aren't seeing like the spies, not like Korach -- but that we are blessed to see that there is simcha during all times because we are connecting to holiness - and through simcha we can bring the "shefa" - G-d's Glorious Goodness down.
...and what's the key? (i thought you'd never ask) -- MUSIC! of course -- ok, Torah, Tefilah, Tzedaka, Gemilas Chasadim, and numerous other acts that reflect Hashem's presence in the world, but - what is the key? Music is the Key -- we sing, we dance, we hear the music in the wind - it's the sound of simcha, and we are (or, in my humble opinion, should be, at least) all singing!

The radio will be singing the following this evening:
6:00 -- Yes --> Branford Marsalis --> Stan Getz -- > Al DiMeiola
8:00 -- Beausolei
9:00 -- Phoebe Snow - live, 2008
to be followed by Galactic and a whole lot more!!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Head in the Clouds, Feet in the Sand

We're at The Beach - Long Beach, California, Lorelai's former home town turf & surf ... but our heart is always connected to Jerusalem. Halfway around the World but closer than a heartbeat away.

What a week to be gone - Ezra & Carly's wedding, Shaul & Shayna's wedding, and a Sheva Brachos week to end all weeks - at least Radio Free Nachlaot will be well-represented at all the festivities in the person of Steve Levine, but - Gevaldt! I'll be there in Spirit, and I'm sure I'll see all the pictures on Facebook within hours.

What's on board while Lorelai is driving the bus? Trouble ahead, lady in red - take my advice, you'd be better off dead! (The Grateful Dead really knew how to personify the Yetzer HaRa, didn't they?)

All Times are JERUSALEM TIMES, baby!

  • 9pm - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
  • 10:15pm - Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass "Speak Love"
  • 11pm - The Grateful Dead, Bonner Springs Kansas June 24th & 25th 1991.
  • 5am - The cooling jazz improv piano stylings of Yosef Adest
  • 6:30am - Playlist Party featuring playlists from Shulie Levine, Shira Rachel Robin Grundland and Matthew Mausner.
  • 10am - Morning Dew for the Morning Jew Live from Long Beach - we're featuring Jerusalem-based CSNY cover band Long Time Gone's album (our friend Eliyahu Sidikim) at 10:45am
  • 1pm - 6pm - Israeli Soul Afternoon featuring Yosef Karduner, Music of the Baal HaSulam, Oren Levi, Shir Yaakov (Darshan), Benzion Eliyahu Lehrer and Aharit Hayamim
Steve will be resuming broadcasting somewhere around 6pm-ish Monday so stay tuned for what comes next .... and BY THE WAY I conducted an A/B Science Project to determine if listening to the Radio Free Nachlaot stream on  iTunes Radio really DOES sound better than VLC Media Player and, guess what - it does! Have you tried it? Radio Free Nachlaot is featured in the "International/World" Category in iTunes Radio. Try listening that way and let us know what you think! Email us at: - we DO read our email!

Upside-Down World

Lorelai is broadcasting live from her undisclosed location in Long Beach while Steve (and the rest of the Country) is at Ezra & Carly's wedding tonight - in fact, Lorelai will have the RFN Stream until Monday afternoon Jerusalem time, giving Steve a break and taking advantage of the high-speed internet access so graciously provided by her California hostess. Thank you, E.M. :)

No matter how you cut it, we're living in an Upside-Down World. Everything is topsy-turvey and the room is spinning - or are we just trapped inside some Jefferson Airplane song?
We'll get our sea legs on ...
Meanwhile - music, music, music!
  • 12N - Sophie Zelmani "I'm The Rain"
  • 12:45pm - The String Cheese Incident at Radio City Music Hall, New Year's Eve 2004
  • 5:30pm - The Beatles, Abby Road
  • 6:25pm - 11pm - Simon & Garfunkle, "Old Friends"
All times are JERUSALEM TIMES - we're going to set this World right, somehow, one song at a time - won't you join us?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Keep ON Keepin' ON

As we continue to celebrate Lorelai's U.S. Road Trip, tonight's featured album:

9:00 PM - Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Good Morning America, How are you? -oh, that's a different song....
And then at 10:00 PM we wil start our organic journey of music, talk and torah, passing through our Childrens Hour this Friday at a new time - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, and our ascent to Shabbos, only to take a break and return on M"S with a Melave Malke, starting ab out 10 PM -- As Lorelai likes to say, "The sun never sets on Radio Free Nachlaot "-- except for Shabbos, if you know what I mean....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday - Yom Shlishi: Today's Schedule

It's Tuesday. ok. It's Tuesday. So, what's going on? nuttin' ? Can't be -- there must be something going on!!! I mean, It's Tuesday!
Well, there is something going on at Radio Free Nachlaot, and this is the schedule:

1:00 - 6:00 PM - Our "Israeli Soul" show, dedicated to the sounds of Nachlaot - the ones that play from right to left -- ok, a lot of the words are in english, but it's our Jewish Soul music that we're exploring -- in our own RFN way -- which today will include but not be limited to:
Ain Od Bilvado, C Lanzbom, Nomi Teplow, Benzion Lehrer, Binyamin Brody, Bini Landau, and a whole lot more --
2:00 - Rabbi David Aron's "Seeing G-d" series continues - Part 7
4:00 - Shlomo Carlebach - a "Radio Interview" - that's what it says (let's listen together and see what it really is!)

After 6 - We'll head out to our favorite hotel - starting with some Charles Mingus, passing through many musical stops, but sure to arrive by 9:oo PM - when we will feature as our Album of the Day: The Eagles, Hotel California. I mean, we're playing all this California music cause Lorelai's in L.A. (sounds like a feature flick, no?) and we haven't even played Hotel California - I mean she is living in Hotel California - well, maybe not exactly.... and after that - we've asked Joe Walsh to stick around, and then Fleetwood Mac (Tusk) and Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Bruce (as in -yup)- no, not Hornsby! - and Nils --The Bridge Concert Show -- which will take us to about a quarter past midnight. What will be after that? Only the Rock and Roll Spirit knows for sure -- (do we believe in that kind of stuff?) Stay tuned and find out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's Monday - Can U believe it?

Today we are featuring the Dixie Chicks - no special reason, just seems to be who we're featuring today...
after Israeli Soul at 6 we will chill out with some Jazz -
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, Chic Corea and Bela Fleck, and Mike Stern with Michael Brecker all mixed up together for a few hours (give or take) of great Jazz --

9:00 PM - Don McLean - American Pie

More Dixie Chicks, Tea Leaf Green, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, and the Radiators , among others to follow, right here on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shavua Tov - A New Week, A New Playlist

It's a new week - here's today's playlist:
LadySmith Black Mambazo --> Paul Simon - Graceland (do you recognize the voices?)
Kirsty MacColl
2:10 - Simon and Garfunkel live from NYC - 1967
3:10 - Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club
4:30 - Steely Dan - Morph the Cat
5:30 - The Crusaders - Street Life
6:00'ISH - some live programming -- that means Steve will be around
7:00'ISH - Grateful Dead -- what better a way to lead into Sunday Night Live -
And tonight, on Sunday Night Live, Steve goes Solo; - Not only will we get a special mix of Steve's gone solo playlist, but he is going to try to tap into the "Portal to Infinity", and talk about what's really going down -- Stick around, if the stars and planets are properly aligned we will all be in for a treat!

And don't forget - later this week we will have Lorelai, live from California -- We don't have a schedule yet, so just stay tuned - we don't want to miss that, do we?

And "what about more live music from the Khan of the White Donkey?" you ask?
Stay tuned for more info about that, as well -

Shavua Tov everybody, let the week begin!!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Our First-Ever LIVE REMOTE Concert: Amir Perelman, Idan Toledano and Yochai Cohen LIVE from The Khan of The White Donkey in Tsfat!

TONIGHT ON RADIO FREE NACHLAOT: It's our first-ever live remote concert! Super flamenco/fusion virtuosos Amir Perelman, Idan toledano and Yochai Cohen bring you an intimate performance in the magnificent historic restored Khan of the White Donkey, Tzfat. A highlight of the new concert season. Highly recommended, and what better way to hear it if you can't be there in person than over your favorite Internet Radio Station? Yeah, that's us. You're welcome! :)

אמיר פרלמן, עידן טולדנו ויוחאי כהן, 3 וירטואוזים במופע פלמנקו פיוז'ן עוצר נשימה.

Thursday, June 3, 2010
8:30pm - 11:30pm
Khan of the White Donkey / חאן החמור הלבן
5 Tet-Zayin (Tzvi Levanon)
Safed, Israel

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dick's Picks Tonight

Now Playing: The Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden (9/16/90)
Set List:
Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY (9/16/90)
Hell in a Bucket
Cold Rain and Snow
Little Red Rooster
Stagger Lee
Queen Jane Approximately
Tennessee Jed
Samson and Delilah
Iko Iko
Looks Like Rain
He's Gone ->jam ->drums ->Standing on the Moon
I Need a Miracle
Morning Dew
Baby Blue

One of These Days I'm Gonna Rise Up Singing, Spread My Wings and Take to the Sky...

Summertime, and the living is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Your Daddy's rich and your Ma's good-lookin'
So hush little baby, don't you cry....

In case you wondered what season it is here in the Middle East, we're on the cusp between boiling and boiling over. It's a hot one, not made any less sticky and uncomfortable by having to intercept a Flotilla of armed insurgents bound for Gaza and the International Media out-roar which has followed - fueling itself with it's own malevolent by-blows and the energy created by perpetrating The Big Lie.

But I digress! What does this have to do with music? EVERYTHING. Music can tell the truth when lies abound all around us. Music can cut through the bullshit and get right to the point without a lot of posturing.

Tonight's Musical Schedule:
  • 6pm - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Greatest Hits. This music will make you feel so cool and Lord knows we need to cool down here in Jerusalem, it's hot hot hot!!!
  • 7:30pm - Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Green River (40th Anniversary Edition, remastered) more hot / cool music from the Bayou where they really know how to sweat!
  • 8:30pm - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's immortal Porgy and Bess! What a treat for our listeners! If anything can evoke a sultry summer night it's this recording!
  • 9:45pm - Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion (2010) - warm but not fuzzy!
  • 10:30pm - Grateful Dead Madison Square Garden (9/16/90) - always the coolest