Monday, September 27, 2004

Knocking on Teshuvah's Door

Yudel reports on Bob Dylan's Yom Kippur activities:

Bob Dylan showed up for Yom Kippur services yesterday morning at Adath Israel in St Paul, MN, an Orthodox congregation with a strong Chabad tilt.

He received the third aliyah, says a source, and returned in the evening for the concluding Neilah service.

Whether he joined in the traditional Chabad singing of "Napoleon's March", and whether he was dressed in rags for the melody, has not yet been ascertained.

Nice to hear Bob is still a part of the tribe.

Also from YudelLine:

The Washington Times, writing on Pop psalmists, includes this wonderful quote by Scott M. Marshall, author of "Restless Pilgrim":

Obviously, Dylan's words aren't part of the canon, but Dylan is a Jewish poet and that puts him in the same family as those who penned the actual biblical Psalms.
Which I thought was far too cool a quote not to repost here.

I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to recommend Yudel's (aka Larry Yudelson) Tangled up in Jews, a page about Bob Dylan and Judaism (and Bob Dylan's Judaism).


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.