On the passing of rock and roll legend, Lou Reed, yesterday, Noah Efron writes:
I had two Jewish educations, one undertaken by rabbis, the other by Lou Reed. “Walk on the Wild Side” came out two weeks before my bar mitzvah, and I bought the 45 with cash my parents let me skim from my gift money before it was deposited “for the future.” I put the record on repeat, and played it over and over enough that, forty years later, the lyrics still come easily.
Read the rest of Lou Reed: The Ultimate Counter Jew at Haaretz.com
Dr. Noah Efron, TY 1975-1977, played bass for the now-defunct band, Liquid Plumr. Noah also teaches history & philosophy of science at Bar Ilan University, is host of The Promised Podcast, and has served on the City Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa; He writes about the tangled relationships between politics, religion, knowledge and identity, including in his book "Real Jews: Secular, Ultra-Orthodox and the Struggle for Jewish Identity in Israel."