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Aryeh Tepper

NJO chief writer and editor

Aryeh Tepper
Dr. Aryeh Tepper is a scholar, writer and teacher. Aryeh earned his doctorate in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his essays, articles and prose-poems have appeared in English and Hebrew in the Jewish Review of Books, Jewish Ideas Daily, The Literary Review, The Madison Review, The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, Midnight East, Makor Rishon and Akdamot. His book, Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics, is forthcoming in December http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5744-progressive-minds-conservative-.aspx. Aryeh has taught at the Tikvah Fellowship in New York City, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem (under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary), and he has lectured at Princeton University, the University of Arizona, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Articles by Aryeh Tepper

No Greater Love

By Aryeh Tepper

Two of the most interesting developments in the Israeli music scene over the past fifteen years have been the rise of world-class Israeli jazz and the turn to classic Sephardic piyyut (liturgical music). The remarkable New Jerusalem Orchestra (NJO) has spent the last four years bringing a serious jazz sensibility to the performance of Andalusian piyyut, and it…

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Jazz, Piyyut, and Jewish Identity

By Aryeh Tepper

The Israeli-born, New York-based Omer Avital is both a world-class jazz musician and a master of classical Arabic music.  He recently visited the Tikvah Fund, oud in hand, for an evening of music and free-flowing discussion about jazz, piyyut [liturgical verse], and Jewish identity.  He was interviewed by Aryeh Tepper, who has written about these subjects for Jewish Ideas Daily—including a…

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The Mood of the Oud

By Aryeh Tepper

Originally published on Jewish Ideas Daily Politically speaking, the state of Israel remains largely cut off from the surrounding Arab world. On a cultural level, however, Arab elements continue to animate many forms of Jewish expression that, originally rooted in Arab countries, have been transplanted into Israeli society. The most conspicuous example is music. The…

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All That (Israeli) Jazz

By Aryeh Tepper

Originally published on Jewish Ideas Daily Add jazz to the growing list of fields in which Israelis are taking their place among the international elite. As the American magazine JazzTimes gushed in May 2008, “When it comes to jazz, Israel is the source of an almost miraculous outpouring of talent.” Before they contributed to the…

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Come Swing With Me

By Aryeh Tepper

Originally published on Jewish Ideas Daily On May 25, a new sound was heard in Jerusalem. Combining the soulfulness and optimism of Moroccan Jewish liturgical music (piyyut) with the syncretistic and improvisational spirit of American jazz, the New Jerusalem Orchestra (NJO) made its triumphant debut at the 2010 Israel Festival. Arrayed onstage in a crescent,…

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