Friday, August 1, 2014
In our first year of blogging back in 2010, we posted a video of musician/comedian David Zasloff using his shofar to play...not the tekiah, shevarim, teruah blasts heard every year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but Hatikvah, Israel's national anthem.
But Hatikvah was only the beginning. Zasloff has perfected the art of playing the shofar as a musical instrument. He has a band that plays "Zen Jazz" that he defines as African Jewish Japanese Latin Caribbean BeBop. In this video he launches into a standup comic routine in which he explains the principles of "Zen Judaism" - "We believe everything is sacred and everything is marketable."
The last few minutes of the video show him playing a medley of Christmas songs on the shofar - songs mostly written by Jews, and "blues for the Jews" -- Jumpin' in Jerusalem on a giant Yemenite shofar.
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