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With the surge of antisemitism coming from the black community, Black sees "Mothaland Bounce" as a healing tool of unification for both cultures.

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Nissim Black (left) with Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham walking the streets of Jerusalem | Photo: Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham

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Legendary Beatles superstar John Lennon once said: “Music reflects the state that the society is in. It doesn’t suggest the state. The poets and musicians and artists are of the age – not only do they lead the age on, but they also reflect that age. Like, The Beatles. We came out of Liverpool and we reflected our background and we reflected our thoughts in what we sang, and that’s all people are doing.”

In a recent interview, Orthodox Jewish rapper Nissim Black says his new hit music video/single “Mothaland Bounce” expresses a generational cultural desire of unity from seemingly opposite ideologies. This isn’t just a perspective; it’s actually his life. Nissim is an African American convert from Seattle.

As a creative artist, Nissim sees the world through the lenses of being both Jewish and Black. With the surge of anti-Semitism coming from the black community, Black sees “Mothaland Bounce” as a healing tool of unification for both cultures.

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Nissim Black is a Breslov Chassid, deeply immersed in the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. “There is Truth, the truth of the Truth and there is Peace. The Truth is ‘the boy stole an apple’, the truth of the Truth is ‘the boy was hungry’ and Peace is ‘nobody stole anything, now, give the boy an apple!” said by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (of blessed memory). 

“Torah Judaism has allowed me to expand my mind in ways I never knew was possible,” says Nissim Black.

Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham’s full interview with Nissim Black

Mothaland Bounce has amassed over a million views in seven days, making it one of the most impactful music videos Nissim Black has ever released. In the attached interview, Nissim talks about the unification of different cultures, his mainstream record deal, and what it’s like as an African American Jew in the Orthodox world.

Nissim also answers an age old question: is it possible to be pro-black and pro-Jewish? (of course)

Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham Hazan is a rabbinical student in Jerusalem. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he converted to Judaism. Before coming to Israel, Mordechai Yosef was an entertainment executive with companies such as Warner Brothers, Electus, and others. He was also was a writer for Vogue Japan, and most recently, My Jewish Learning.

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