I actually put a lot of thought into the podcast intro music, which I use in every episode. I wanted to, in just a few seconds, cover both a range of Jewish musical traditions, and geography.
The intro kicks off with "When You Are Gone", by Eyal Golan, Israel's most famous Mizrahi singer.
The voice you then hear is David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, reading the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948.
Next is some violin and clarinet klezmer music -- traditional Jewish music of Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe.
Next up is my favorite Israeli rock/reggae band, Hatikvah Shesh, with their song "Best Israeli." Love them. Saw them live on a Birthright trip, it was so great.
Finally you hear the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, in his final interview in 1973, saying, "I would say to young people...that we can do everyone our share to redeem the world." Rabbi Heschel, born in Poland and educated in Berlin, was an American rabbi extremely active in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movement.
© Jason Harris 2016