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Soul Music

David Holzel

By David Holzel

Recently, a colleague brought to my attention a rock and roll trivia discovery with an excellent Jewish angle hidden within.

The Guardian extracted the lyrics of each of the Beatles’ 300 or so recorded songs and then ranked the individual words by the number of times the Fab Four sang them.

So here’s the Jewish angle – “Love Me Do,” “All You Need is Love,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” – The L Word appears 613 times. That’s the number of mitzvot the Torah is believed to contain. Neat, huh?


What is a new discovery you’ve made, with something you already know well?


Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the annual cycle of Torah readings, begins at sunset this Monday.

David Holzel is Managing Editor of The Washington Jewish Week.