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Product Description

Imagine the jamming of Phish, mixed with the vocal strength of Pearl Jam and the spiritual lyrics of U2, seasoned with a Middle-Eastern influence and you can begin to describe the unique sound of the Moshav Band! The Israeli-born Moshav Band grew up on Moshav Meor Modi'im, a musical village located in the hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Their home, founded by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, was and continues to be the birthplace of many Jewish songs enjoyed by the world over. Their powerful sound is composed of brothers Yehuda (vocals, percussion), Meir (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Yosef (bass), Solomon and David (vocals, guitar). Now based in Los Angeles, the Moshav Band continues to ignite audiences throughout the USA and the rest of the world.

About the Artist

Raised on the Moshav Meor Modi’im, a musical village in the hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the four young men who make up the Moshav Band – Yehuda (vocals, persussion), Dovid (vocals, guitar) Yosef (Bass) and Meir (Mandolin Guitar) have learned and played music since childhood.

The American parents of Yehuda and Dovid had come to Israel in 1972 – just in time for the Yom Kippur war. They settled on a Moshav – a similar lifestyle to a kibbutz but with more autonomy and independence for the family – where their children were born and raised. "When we were growing up," explains Dovid, "the only electrical appliance in the house was a record player. So, while American kids might be growing up watching television and playing video games, we were growing up listening to music." The music they listened to were the records their parents had brought with them – Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young – and that music, combined with the beat poets they read and embraced continues to influence their songwriting. The particular Moshav that was home to the members of the band had been founded by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, himself a musician, and the young men performed with Rabbi Carelbach as well as on their own.

Performing with Rabbi Carlebach at his concerts as well as playing their own music brought the Moshav Band popularity in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. "As far as the music we were taught," explains Yehuda, "it was primarily music of our homeland. But the music we fell in love with was the popular American music of the past 40 years, and so our music is a blend of both cultures." Eventually, American students traveling in Israel heard them play and befriended the members of the band. Taken not only with the beauty of their music, but the band members’ charismatic stage presence, these young kids from the U.S. went back to the States and raised the money to bring the Moshav Band to America for a short college tour in 1998. By 2000, the band had moved to Los Angeles, determined to make it in the mainstream pop world the way they already have in the Judaica world.


1. Higher and Higher
2. Come Back
3. Wake Up
4. Waiting for the Calling
5. Ufduyey
6. Don't Give Up
7. Eliyahu Hanavi
8. Lost Time
9. Eulogy
10. The Things You Can't Afford
11. Stop
12. Bereshit
13. Shabbos Kodesh
14. If Someone Falls In Love With Me
15. Some Love
16. Exteriors
17. Return Again
18. Heart is Open (acoustic version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jewish Music Group (JMG)
  • ASIN: B000BO0LNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By redhappydragon on December 18, 2005
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Moshav Band has combined spirituality and music in a new way. My family and I don't get tired of listening to their great music. Definitely give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bella Miriam on June 4, 2007
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This best of ... is truly great. Moshav's appeal is well known in Jewish circles... but they should be crossover sensations any time now...

This album is great, but I truly love the new album

Misplaced

Enjoy!
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A good best of album highlights the development of a band's sound over the time covered, and The Best of Moshav Band: Higher and Higher does that. More than that, I am interested enough to want to find and purchase their albums that I don't already have.
The band's chops tighten over the years, the evident product of talent and a heavy touring schedule (Moshav is reputed to perform amazing live shows.) A couple of the tracks seemed to drag through too many choruses, almost as if they had been practicing for a live audience where the give and take of energy allows for that drawing out of a song. Even so, there isn't a song that lacks for passion. A sense of fun is prominent throughout the album.
The songs bear repeated listening and high volume play. My wife enjoys the disk, and so do my 9-year-old and 12-year-old sons.
Moshav's album, Misplaced, is also very good. Look especially for the band's cover of Tom Waits' Jockey Full of Bourbon.
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I first heard "Higher and Higher" at a local synagogue playing over the PA system while waiting for a Purim play to begin. I had to ask the young man operating our sound board who it was, and I ordered it from Amazon not long after. The music on this album is tons of fun, with devotional aspects present (but not more important to the feel of the music) than real life human happiness -- in fact, it is very refreshing to sense that the two don't need to be separated while enjoying the sounds. Like any music, you have to listen to this CD 2-3 times before it gets into you. My children (ages 3, 3, and 9) absolutely LOVE to dance around to "Shabbis Kodesh" for its simple joyfulness as it reminds them of the "Aye yi yi" type songs we sometimes enjoy during worship as a family.
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