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February 12, 1988 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-12

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Viewing Israeli Society
Through Its Pop Music

STEVE BLONDER

Special To The Jewish News

H

old me under your
wing, and be my
mother
or my sister. Let your chest be
my shelter and nest for my
deepest prayer. At a time of
compassion before dark, I tell
you my painful secrets. They
say there is youth in the world,
where is my youth?"
This song captures the
essence of a belief held by
many Israelis: that of a lec-
ture series sponsored by the
Union of Students for Israel.
During his presentation he
explored the extent to which
popular Israeli music reflects
events, emotions and the
political climate of Israeli
society.
Hadari is currently in
Boston, while working on his
master's degree at Leslie Col-
lege. He is a faculty member
at both Brandeis and Tel Aviv
universities.
Despite not yet having
reached its 40th birthday,
many Israelis see Israel as
having "outgrown its youth!'
Hadari said "this looking
back and asking where is my
youth!' is very common in
Israel, and is reflected in the
song Hold Me Under Your
Wing.
Israeli culture is not mere-
ly distinguished by this
underlying quest for youth.
Hadari said the idea of Jews
being special, "a light to the
nations," plays a strong role
in shaping Israeli culture.
"You also see in Israeli
culture a tremendous pull
between Israel being a sacred
place, a special place;
something that after all those
years Jews were able to
achieve. A country of their
own. This was a major
historical event. A tremen-
dous dream was able to be
carried out," he said.
"On the other hand, it is a
regular country like every
other country. The country
suffers tremendously from
not being able to decide
whether it is special or
regular!"
Hadari noted that Israel is
like every other country in
that a drug problem, gangs
and child abuse exists. Ricky
Gar uses these problems as
the basis of his song The Rock
Girl. The song, which has
been banned from Israeli
radio, is based on a poem by
Bialik, Israel's national poets.
"A lot of people are worried
about what's going on in
Israel," Hadari said. He

predicts the next major pro-
blem Israel will face will in-
volve money, as "Israelis are
used to living on what we
don't have!'
Many popular songs use
this theme as a base, accor-
ding to Hadari. Specifically,
he points to Danny Sander-
son's The Uncle and the Aunt,
which talks about the
younger generations living
off the modest incomes of
their elders.
"Pervading all generations
of Israelis," according to
Hadari, "is a feeling of being
locked in, of not knowing
where to go!' He went on to
say that Israelis constantly
hope for something to come
and change their lives for the
better. This yearning for a
better future underlies all
types of Israeli music, said
Hadari. He added one must
understand this desire for a
better life "when we don't
have to spend all of our time
worrying" in order -to really
understand popular Israeli
music.
Generally, Hadari sees
Israeli music as reflecting
both American rock music, as
well as embodying many
characteristics of eastern
music. Greek music has a
large influence in Israel
because of its appeal to all
Jews. "Both eastern and
western Jews can identify
with this type of music," he
said.
Finally, Hadari notices "a
tremendous blossoming of
culture in Israel!'
"There is now a yearning to
create a new society, among a
tremendous amount of people
who are tired of struggling.
Much Israeli music reflects a
tremendous investment in
trying to remake society!"

'Virus' Infects
Computers

Jerusalem — A "virus" that
"infects" personal computers,
devouring memory, has been
revealed and neutralized at
the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem's department of
computer sciences.
The virus was in a tiny pro-
gram, written by an unknown
party, that was apparently
implanted into a computer at
the university. The virus "in-
fects" other programs subse-
quently inserted into the
same computer, and when
these programs are copied,
they then spread the "illness"
to other personal computers.

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