Women of Noise for Palestine – a benefit compilation for Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund
i’m track 23 on this! and it’s out today!
here are the full credits and lyrics for the track:
soroke | voron — “mabl un regnboygn – flood and rainbow”
words adapted by rosza daniel lang/levitsky (2023) from aba shteynberg (1942)
melody adapted by psoy korolenko (2018) from yiddish traditional / yossele rosenblatt
performance & production: voice, Landscape Stereo Field, Rucci 16-step, Audacity all by rosza daniel lang/levitsky (2023)
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a first line of thinking after reading maya rosen’s fascinating interview with tal hever-chybowski, published this week in Jewish Currents. to be clear, i like what THC (can i resist? no.) has to say a lot, and adore the cultural project he and his journal, Mikan Ve’eylakh [From Here Onwards], are pursuing. i’m thinking my way into the gaps i find in this interview because that helps me understand how it all fits into my own yiddish-anchored diasporist thinking.
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about the “star of david” / “magen david” as a jewish symbol…
tl;dr: yes, the idea that it is an old or universal jewish emblem was completely fabricated by the zionist movement in the 20th century.
after a conversation with a friend & comrade about the chicago dyke march drama of this summer, i finally tracked down the essay i vaguely remembered about the history of the six-pointed star as a jewish symbol. it’s by gershom scholem, the great historian of jewish mysticism, religion, and symbology (and a zionist liberal who rejected his family’s secular leftism). it was written for the right-wing u.s. jewish magazine Commentary in 1949 and later expanded into a book. i’m going to try to track down a copy of the longer version, but nothing i’ve seen about it gives any hint that the basic story it tells is different from what’s in the essay.
so here, summarized from scholem’s “The Curious History of the Six-Pointed Star”, is the story of the invention of a symbol…
scholem’s conclusion from all of this: “The upshot of the matter is this: in the very days of its greatest popularity the Shield of David was a meaningless symbol of Judaism; and the Judaism of those days, in turn, tended to be meaningless.”
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