Y-Love’s devotion to music is tempered by a religious fervor that precludes him from performing on Jewish holidays or until 72 minutes after the Sabbath’s end. An early fan of heavy metal and punk rock, he first became interested in hip-hop while studying in Israel. At Ohr Somayach yeshiva in Jerusalem, Jordan met a fellow student, David Singer, and the two began memorizing Talmudic texts via rap. “I called him Y-Love, because it has a double meaning, like the question, ‘why love?’” Singer remembered.
Singer said he advised Jordan not to hide his identity or try to pass as a Yemenite Jew. “I always tell him, part of your genius and your beauty is that you don’t have to fit in,” he said. Ohr Somayach was also where Jordan met his manager, Erez, known professionally as DJ Handler. A college radio hip-hop connoisseur, Handler was awed by the ease with which Y-Love mixed verses of English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Aramaic. Y-Love's lyrics are described as being about "individuality, spirituality...love and against materialism." In keeping with Jewish tradition, Y-Love starts each morning with the prayer of Shacharit, the first of three Jewish prayers he makes during the course of a day.
Y-Love won the 2006 Jewish Music Awards award for Best Hiphop, receiving more votes than Matisyahu in internet voting. Y-Love is also Director of the Clicks of Hope Foundation , a nonprofit organization founded in response to a cry for help on MySpace.com in 2006 to benefit victims of violence and abuse and to promote Jewish religious outreach. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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