ḤADDAD, EZRA (1903–1972), educator, author, and journalist. Ḥaddad mastered several languages, including Hebrew. He published Hebrew poems in the Jewish weekly Yeshurun (Baghdad, 1920) and from 1926 to 1951 he directed the Jewish schools al-Waṭaniyya and Shammāsh in Baghdad. After his immigration to Israel in 1951, he held leading executive positions in the Histadrut. In addition to his Hebrew poems, Ḥaddad published an Arabic translation of the Travels of Benjamin of Tudela (1945) together with notes and an introduction. He also wrote a textbook for the study of Hebrew. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: A. Ben-Jacob, Yehudei Bavel (1965), 307f. (Haim J. Cohen) HADDAD, SARIT HADDAD, SARIT (1978– ), Israeli pop singer. When Haddad first made a name for herself in the mid-1990s with her first album, Niẓoẓ ha-Ḥayyim ("Spark of Life"), she was on the well-trodden path of so-called Mediterranean, or Eastern, pop music. She did not offer anything new in terms of musical style, but her vocals set a new standard which numerous singers have since tried to emulate. Haddad was born in Afulah as the youngest of eight children. When she was eight years old she taught herself to play the guitar, organ, and various percussion instruments, and, without her parents' knowledge soon began performing at local clubs. When she was 16 Haddad was discovered by impresario Avi Gaute when she performed in a beach show. Gaute took Haddad under his wing and began to develop her career, initially targeting the Sephardi community. On Niẓoẓ ha-Ḥayyim Haddad joined forces with well-known young Druze male vocalist Sharif and the album sold well. By now Haddad had become a star on the national Eastern music club circuit. In 1997, Haddad broke into the international market after a Jordanian television director caught her act. A tour of Jordan was soon arranged, with Haddad performing under the assumed identity of a Palestinian singer. The tour was a success and was followed by the release of Sarit Haddad Shara be-Aravit ("Sarit Haddad Sings in Arabic"), which was also sold in Arabic-speaking countries. In the same year Haddad's Israeli market presence grew significantly when she teamed up with top ethnorock group Teapacks (Tipex), and with her 1998 record Ḥok ha-Ḥayyim ("The Law of Life") she broke into mainstream Israeli culture. Since then Haddad has achieved, and maintains, megastar status in Israel, and has performed in Europe and the United States. Every record she released was an immediate success; she was voted Singer of the Year several times and represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, placing 12th. (Barry Davis (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Liste de zoologistes — Attention, il n est pas d usage en zoologie d utiliser d abréviation pour les noms des auteurs (contrairement aux usages de la botanique, voir ici). Cette liste ne constitue pas une liste officielle. Nous attirons l attention du lecteur sur son… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • History of the Jews in Iraq — Iraqi Jews are Jews born in Iraq or of Iraqi heritage. The history of the Jews in Iraq is documented from the time of the Babylonian captivity c. 800 BCE. Iraqi Jews constitute one of the world s oldest and most historically significant Jewish… …   Wikipedia

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations — Formation June 1994 by Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad, and Rafeeq Jaber Type Non profit NGO Purpose/focus Muslim civil rights …   Wikipedia

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • History of human rights — The history of human rights involves religious, cultural, philosophical and legal developments throughout recorded history.While the modern human rights movement hugely expanded in post World War II era [… …   Wikipedia

  • Arabic music — Bayad plays the oud to The Lady. from the Riyad Bayad, Arabic tale Arabic music or Arab music (Arabic: الموسيقى العربية al mūsīqā al ‘Arabīyah) is the music of the Arab World, including several genres and styles of music ranging from Arabic… …   Wikipedia

  • Dominique de Roux — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Roux. Dominique de Roux Activités écrivain, éditeur Naissance 17 septembre 1935 Boulogne Billancourt Décès 29  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • DJERBA — (Jerba), island off the coast of Tunisia. In ancient times it was an important Phoenician trading center. According to the local tradition, the Jewish settlement there is very old. It maintains that the Jews came there during the reign of solomon …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ORIENTAL LITERATURE — In the vast area between Morocco and the Pacific, Jewish writers were mainly active in   areas of Islamic culture; this survey is mainly concerned with the Middle East. Writers in the Arab World Few Jewish writers gained a place in the history of …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ZECHARIAH — ZECHARIAH, the eleventh book of the Twelve Minor Prophets. While the book is attributed to one prophet, in style and content it is clearly separated into two parts: (1) Chapters 1–8 are written with the return from Babylonian Exile as background …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.