“The very embodiment of the term Crooner. Knows his way round the ivories better than most, with an unbeatable repertoire of Classics and originals to keep you entertained."
Island Records artist
Jewish Pride; on two levels.
First and simplest that all these songwriters are Jewish.
Second to help raise money for, and help people in secular communities realize what benefit they get in having a Kollel, to help grasp the measure of what is Yiddishkeit.
The heartfelt intelligence found in the Jewish songwriters is half the story, it is that exact same wit / our inheritance, that is best employed by sitting with a Kollel member in a community lucky enough to have one.
You will come to understand that a Kollel is something to boast (it's G-ds university). And why these Kollel students deserve a special respect, not the opposite (not that they care if they get some negative wind).
So what good is a Kollel in a community?
You have the opportunity to be as liberated, as well as benefit by osmosis.
I am committed to doing 1 in 10 concerts free as a fund raiser, as it is without any doubt that I would not have the structuring skills and creative depth had I not been welcomed into studying Gemora 15 years ago by the Glasgow Kollel, along with the shared enthusiasm of my chavrusas (learning partners) Tuli Dubiner & Eli Gestetner.
"There is more to life, something deeper, something that touches you. Music allows you to feel something deeper in yourself…..and the answer is Torah; Kollel is just a type of Torah. Many ways exist to engage; you can listen to a class, read a book, many ways to tap in. Paul personally was inspired by learning with the Glasgow Kollel. I also love to play a part in bringing such an experience to peoples lives"
Rabbi Scott Hoberman - on YouTube