May 29, 2005


So in July I'm going with my boss to Christian Book Association Expo in Denver. I'm extremely excited! Must go shopping.

I have a couple new music loves. Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jew who sings reggae. It's amazing. So very unbelievably cool. It's cool to hear the Jewish faith set to reggae --- and causes me to ask all kinds of questions. It's just that his lyrics are so faithful, so devoted---

Open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise ...
Givin' myself to you from the essence of my being
Sing to my God all these songs of love and healing
Want Moshiach now so it's time we start revealing ...
You're all that I have and you're all that I need
Each and every day I pray to get to know you please
I want to be close to you, yes I'm so hungry
You're like water for my soul when it gets thirsty ...
Where ya been for so long
It's hard to stay strong been livin' in galus (exile) for 2000 years strong

And this is only a taste of the devotion and depth on this record. Seriously, I feel this so much differently --- and better, I'd say --- than most Christian praise CDs. Maybe I'm just too cynical and expect the worst of evangelical bands and their shiny teeth and cable-knit sweaters. Maybe the eastern sound of his vocals sounds more religious than the typical poppy worship album.

Anyway, I think there are some serious implications of experiencing faith more from a Jewish perspective than a Christian perspective --- not to mention the theological questions of what God's doing with Israel these days. I'm a little afraid of where these questions might take me --- away from Christ or toward a jingoistic craphead mentality. So for now, and indefinitely, I think I'll just enjoy the record and sing along, even in Hebrew.

In a much less spiritual sense, I'm also digging on The Caesars. Paper Tigers is a rockin' record. Check it out.

Posted by jessica at May 29, 2005 09:44 PM