Ezra Furmans new song is inspired by her experience as a Jew and as a trans woman – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Posted By on April 7, 2022

(JTA) Ezra Furmans latest song title, Book Of Our Names, might sound familiar thats because the indie rockers newest song is inspired by the Hebrew title for the Bibles Book of Exodus.

Furman said the track, released Monday, is a protest song intended for use by any movement for collective survival and freedom. In a statement, she said she sings it as a Jew and as a trans woman.

This song is about what it feels like to live together under an empire that doesnt value your lives, said Furman, who revealed last year that she had become a mother and a rabbinical student.

In the verses, Furman sings, I want there to be a book of our names. I want it to tell of our exile here / In a cruel machinery, our bodies between the gears / And our world back home just the ghost of a prayer / And I want us to read it aloud.

Furman, 35, has released five full well received solo rock albums while observing Shabbat and has written previous songs with Jewish themes and references. In 2016 before coming out as trans she released a song titled The Refugee, about her Jewish grandfather who fled the Nazis.

After releasing her latest album in 2019, Furman contributed music to the Netflix hit series Sex Education.

Read her full interview with JTA from last year here.

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